Society can make boys feel like expressing their emotions is unacceptable as it goes against the masculine and strong presence their supposed to display. This perception can hurt boys in the long run. The effects of boys striving to be tough can quickly become negative towards their health and happiness. Research shows men have higher suicide rates, increased rate of cardiovascular disease, and increased loneliness as they get older. Boys typically avoid asking for help or showing emotions because it makes them appear weak or vulnerable. As society has created this culture, it is our job to begin shifting this culture within the home.
Help Your Son to Speak Out
Here are some helpful ways to encourage your son that emotions are okay and talking about them is okay too:
- Start the conversation. There is no shame in talking first. Directly ask your son how they are feeling. Set up a relationship between your child where he feels comfortable being open and honest. It is important that your child feel safe and unconditionally loved. As a parent you can create the environment in which they feel open to talk to you about the things they are struggling with.
- Empathize. Create a scene in which your son feels like he is not alone. Share a story of a time when you felt the same way. Maybe your outlook will help them address their own struggles. Let them know how talking about things helped. Look at the bright side of things and this will motivate them to do the same.
- Allow for breathing room. Acknowledge that your child will need space sometimes. Give them space to breathe and process their own emotions. Accept that they may not want to talk right away, but eventually they will open up. Assure them that your door is always open but let them have alone time.
- Step into your son’s comfort zone. Do activities with your son that they enjoy doing: arts, crafts, games, watching movies, etc. When they are in their comfort zone, this not only allows you two to bond, but to also makes them feel more comfortable to open up. Doing activities that he loves will also teach him ways to healthily cope with his emotions.
Equinox RTC Can Help
Equinox RTC is a residential treatment center that helps boys ages 14-18 who struggle with addiction or exhibit addictive behaviors. Equinox offers a unique treatment program designed to fit each individual’s specific needs. This treatment center has a supportive environment that helps students heal from the inside-out. They will be exposed to both positive and negative outcomes as a part of equipping them to cope with the challenges that the real world can bring. Students develop a healthy sense of social and emotional awareness and learn how to incorporate good habits into their daily lives. Equinox enforces a positive change in the lives of young men and offers them a fresh start at a happy and healthy future. We can help your family today!
Learn more about our program by calling 877-279-8925.