Our expert says:
Do you have concerns ( which previous generations more commonly had ) about whether a dad ought to be rough and toughen the lad up versus being nurturing and pleasant ?
Not that long back the latter was the norm - it didn't do growing boys any good, and often left them confused, and experiencing difficulties in demonstrating the gentleness that is so much a part of manliness, which doesn't solely consist of being rough and tough.
How did your own father relate to you ? Often, in ways we don't altogether realize, the model of how to be fatherly is one we absorb from what we see and experience.
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