Magazine article Working Mother

Boy Basics

Magazine article Working Mother

Boy Basics

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Your son isn't one to sit still and focus. You worry, because experts suggest that both of these abilities are essential for school success. The girls in his class mostly sit better, and so do better, than the boys. It doesn't seem just - and maybe it's not, suggests Anthony Rao, PhD, coauthor of The Way of Boys: Raising Boys in a Challenging and Complex World.

Boys are hardwired for motion and often have active and aggressive traits, which aren't necessarily a bad thing, says Dr. Rao. But these tendencies can lead to acting out and stress, which in turn can lead to misassumptions. "Boys are being labeled and diagnosed with all sorts of psychiatric problems, and that's just plain wrong," he asserts. While diagnoses of attention and learning disorders are often accurate and warrant treatment, he feels that the numbers are too high, that part of what's being treated is the wide spectrum of normal boy development: "We need to stop thinking of boyhood as an illness. …

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