Ask The Experts: David Thomas on Raising Emotionally Strong Boys

Nashville-based counselor David Thomas is no stranger to the Rooted Parent Podcast: he hosted the entire first season, All About Boys. For this special episode, David is back, sharing with us about his newest book, Raising Emotionally Strong Boys: Tools Your Son Can Build On for Life. For anyone who raises or mentors boys, David offers excellent insight on several important topics. To name a few:

– teaching the three R’s: recognize, regulate, repair

– helping boys manage and channel the physicality of their emotions

– the trap of numbing emotions, particularly through gaming and social media

– how to help a boy who’s “stuck”

– teaching boys to regulate their own emotions, rather than “anchoring” with an adult

– the comfort and hope parents can find in praying the Serenity Prayer