Bee and Puppycat #4 cover by Zac Gorman
In contrast to depictions of boys as being insensitive to emotions and incapable of or uninterested in developing close relationships, the [four- and five-year-old] boys in my study demonstrated a remarkable ability to be astute observers of their own and other people’s emotions, sensitive to the dynamics and innuendos within their relationships, and keenly attuned to norms and patterns within their social interactions and cultural contexts. Regardless of their individual temperaments (e.g. being introverted or extroverted, reserved or outgoing), all of these boys sought to establish and sustain meaningful connections with others. Thus, the capacity and desire for close, mutual, responsive relationships that researchers have observed in infants are evident during early childhood as well.
|—||Judy Chu, When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships, and Masculinity (via breakingtheboycode)|