My parents told me I needed to lose weight when I was 11 or so. The words were said with love, but they still hit hard. Young girls hold onto single comments like that longer than we should. I can’t help but wonder how it shaped who I am today.

Just like girls, boys internalize the words their parents say to them. And some words have not only hurt boys on an individual basis but negatively formed an entire generation of young men. Being a man in today’s society is difficult in part because of these 3 words that parents say way too often.


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