Parents say a lot of words to their kids. That’s the job, after all — to tell them things, to teach them lessons, to prepare them, protect them, and shape them into the people we want them to be. But sometimes in the telling are  common phrases or clichéd ideas that are based on outdated or wrongheaded assumptions and are inherently toxic. Especially when speaking to boys. We still have a tendency to raise our boys with age-old male stereotypes in place. In an effort to raise strong boys, parents can inadvertently create damaged men.

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