We can be really tough on him..

We can be really tough on him. ⁣⁣

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He’s five now. He’s at big school, he can literally read and write. He has formed friendships with children that he chose, the kids he was been drawn to in a group rather then those I have exposed him to. He has kindness, consent, empathy and self worth.⁣⁣

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We are tough on him because he is our child and we want him to hold and keep the values that we do. ⁣⁣

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We are tough on him because he is a boy in a world where there are too many violent men with too many victims and too many men not held accountable for their actions; where men take advantage of their privilege and yet seem to be heavily disadvantaged in families and parental rights. ⁣⁣

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We are tough on him because he is learning his self worth, he is building his self esteem and we want him to never, ever treat a partner in a way that lowers their own self image. ⁣⁣

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We are kind to him because the only way to teach a boy to become a man we can be proud of is to be kind. To be unapologetically tough by being unwavering on our ideals around consent, respect and equality. ⁣⁣

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We teach him that we don’t hit others, by not hitting him, teaching respect by showing respect and consent by explaining and demonstrating consent.⁣⁣

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There are a lot of great men in the world and we are doing our very best to add three more.

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