It seems to me that one of the hardest, and most important, tasks for parents of boys is to teach them how to deal with anger. When to be aggressive. When to back off. How to express anger. Does masculinity mean hitting back or walking away, and in what measure?
Of course it's an issue for every person, not just (little) boys; still, the social pressure on boys around violence, anger, etc is obviously strong. They have a lot to deal with, and it begins immediately. How do we support them? (Note: I don't have boys of my own, but several close friends do, and this is a major question in my circle. It's also one with political ramifications: a generation of healthy men would mean an entirely different society.) Women, what do we hope for from this new generation of boys and how can we help? Men, how did you learn to use this energy of aggression and anger, and with what results?