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How to communicate with boys so they don’t shut down

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I enjoyed presenting at McQuaid Jesuit in New York yesterday. I talked about staying connected with teen sons, and I shared the importance of knowing, honoring and accepting your child for who he is rather than who you want him to be. Afterward, my favorite question came from a mother who said, “that makes sense to me, but how can you do that if your son is a complete and total mystery to you?”

A reporter for the Rochester evening news covered the event, and this clip captures one of my thoughts about how to communicate with boys so they don’t shut down.


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Phyllis Fagell

Phyllis Fagell is a licensed clinical professional counselor, certified professional school counselor and journalist.

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