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Published on Feb 8, 2018
As a boy grows into a man, there's a lot of pressure to deny mother - and all she stands for: tenderness, vulnerability and need. But maybe these aspects of oneself are best integrated rather than renounced; maybe there's value in being at once dignified, competent and solid - and a mummy's boy... For gifts and more from The School of Life, visit our online shop: https://goo.gl/8DUL4z Join our mailing list: http://bit.ly/2e0TQNJ Our website has classes, articles and products to help you think and grow: https://goo.gl/Y9mpfy Download our App: https://goo.gl/xSfbE4
“One of the most basic features of being a boy, so well-entrenched that we forget to notice its strangeness, is that after a certain point, mothers become embarrassing and need to be surrendered and denied, not just mothers, but all that mothers tend to stand for in a boy’s life: tenderness, vulnerability and need. To become a man is to grow into the creature who says ‘not now’ to his mother – and doesn’t look back as he walks towards his friends in the school yard…”