Boys who have a closer relationship with their mothers are more likely to be better behaved as they get older. Researchers from Reading University reviewed 69 studies of children under 12 and found that boys who never have a close relationship with their mothers are more likely to be aggressive and suffer mental-health problems. Boys who are able to seek comfort from their mothers as children grow up to be calmer, more self-confident and more empathetic. The study also found that relationships between mothers and sons can break down from a young age if children are repeatedly dismissed when trying to turn to their parents for help.
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