International Men's Day: Practical Advice for Raising Young Boys – Hope 103.2

International Men’s Day: Practical Advice for Raising Young Boys

Helping your son express their feelings and respect women, should be modelled "It's never too late, but the earlier we start, the better".

Listen: Ally Barnes chats with Sean Johns from The Fathering Project

By Ally BarnesThursday 18 Nov 2021Hope BreakfastParentingReading Time: 1 minute

Tomorrow is International Men’s Day. 

Days like this are important for starting conversations around mental health and well-being, the importance of mateship, career and contentment, dealing with pornography addictions, domestic violence, and the list goes on.

As a mother of 2 young boys, I’m very aware that my sons will need to navigate these issues, either personally or shoulder to shoulder with their friends.

So my question is, how can I help?

Sean Johns from the Fathering Project joined me on Hope Breakfast to share some practical advice on how to be involved in the value forming of our kids.

“It’s never too late, but the earlier we start, the better off they’ll be,” he said. 

Boundaries and restrictions are important. But modelling is the most effective.

Hope 103.2 is proudly supported by

Boundaries and restrictions are important. But modelling is the most effective.

“The way the father treats the mother. The way he treats other people. The way he engages with his son to learn to moderate behaviour. The modelling of loving and respectful fathering is essential.”

Boys generally pull away for a time. But they’ll come back if you’ve put the time in. Sean suggests regular mother and son, or father and son dates.

“No other adults and no other kids. Just one on one. If we’re able to connect through activity and have time for conversations… it helps young boys communicate with us.”

Listen to the full conversation with Sean Johns in the player above.