As mentioned yesterday, all these points could be debated. My six years teaching kindergarten tended to be the biggest influence on my arrival at these generalizations. Are they absolutes? No. Yet, the bottom line is that I do believe males and females do exhibit differences in the way they relate to each other. I also believe that boys are far more emotional than we acknowledge. So often our little males find it difficult to express these inner feelings, giving rise to anger. Consequently, it is imperative that we help our boys get in touch with their inner feelings so that anger is replaced by in-depth sharing of emotion.
Below are some articles to stimulate thought and discussion on the nature of male friendships. They might provoke discussion or offer some support when guiding or coaching boys in your life.
Here is a reading reshare of a story I wrote back in 2007. This story is meant for a grade 3-7 level. It was inspired by watching my two sons, their friends and the male students in my classes. It might open up discussions with the boys in your life as to what it means to be a good friend. It is titled Team C.A.R.E.