Our expert says:
Actually, Chris, as I recall the research, "sensitive" kids are not more likely to become gay in orientation. A father has to be cautious not to be too roughly butch in trying to give him opportunities to become more masculine. But it does sound as though he has an almost male-free environment, so all his real role models are female. Is it really not possibly to find some male baby-sitters - or female baby-sitters with boy-friends ? At 6, isn't he due to move to real school from kindergarten ? One of your major criteria for selecting his next school, should surely be a preponderance of male teachers, rather than a majority of women. They're often great as teachers, but boys and girls need a mix as potential role-models. What about male relatives - aren't there some who can spend some time visiting your home, and with the lad ?
He's old enough for you to chat with him, man-to-boy, and to talk about how YOU handle issues of sensitivity - being scared, being tough, being brave. And explore how he feels about such issues, and how he wants to me. Its not intended to put him down or to make him feel wrong in the choices he has made so far, but to remind him that with mainly female role models, it has been more difficult for him to study how men handle such events. You can together look ahead at moving to more senior levels of school, what he thinks it will be like, and issues of assertiveness versus aggression, and how to stand up for oneself.
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