Man & boy
Giles Coren on fathers (him) and sons (Sam, aged four). This month: sec re- education.
Iused to think that I would one day have something to say to my son about girls. I was not going to be one of those fathers who shied away from helping out on that score. It’s no good saying, “Do what comes naturally,” because that is no use at all to a young boy who needs serious answers to serious questions. When Sammy came to me at 15 or 16 or 17 or whenever and asked what he was supposed to do, I always
planned to take a deep breath and tell him.
I would tell him not to be scared of them or to try to be anything that he isn’t, to persuade a girl that he is what she would like him to be. Because girls much prefer men who are not afraid to be true to themselves, I would tell him. That’s why they like gays so much. Although for me, that’s going a bit far. Then again, I suppose if my son were gay it would be easier to