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How To Talk To Your Son About His Body

This would be great for the soon-to-come Chinese New Year. Comments on teens’ bodies is always one of the main things brought up during relative visiting.
I wish I had someone to tell me there wasn’t such a thing as a ‘boyish’ interest and hobby, really.

The Belle Jar

I loved this post on how to talk to your daughter about her body, and I wanted to create something similar for parents of boys. My friend Nathan and I put this list together, and would love to hear your input.

How to talk to your son about his body, step one: talk to your son about his body. Give him the vocabulary that he needs to communicate how he feels about himself.

Teach him that it’s normal to think about his appearance.

Teach him that it’s fine to want to be handsome or pretty.

Teach him that being a boy doesn’t take away his right to have feelings about his body.

If your son tells you that he is unhappy because he is too fat or too skinny, don’t dismiss him. Don’t tell him that boys don’t have to worry about stuff like that. Don’t tell him that he’s…

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