Boys Behaving Badly

February 22, 2013

Dr. Thompson was interviewed about “Boys Behaving Badly” by Erin Janda Rawlings of the Mommy on the Spot Blog. Here is an excerpt of the interview:

People like to use the old saying “boys will be boys” to justify bad behavior. How do we help our sons avoid this cultural trap?
I certainly don’t like it when people justify bad behavior by boys, but you could also make the argument that boys get punished a lot, certainly far more than girls. Two-thirds to three-quarters of school suspensions and expulsions are directed at boys; zero tolerance policies in school fall almost exclusively on boys. Parents hit and spank boys more. One of the ways out of our problems with boys is to treat them with more empathy.

Read the full interview at The Mother Company.