Fortnite: Friend or Foe

Fortnite: Friend or Foe

Share Pin +1 Tweet Stumble Fortnite addiction has been the subject of so much negative chatter recently, including the fact that it can land the player in video game rehab.  I’ve read articles (some serious!) and seen so many (often hilarious) social media posts and memes about the dreaded craze over Fortnite.  I was part of that dread for a while — I truly hate guns and violence and don’t want my kids participating in games that portray it.  And…

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How to Clean a Smelly Toilet When You Have Boys

How to Clean a Smelly Toilet When You Have Boys

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleBoy moms know — there’s drippage, there’s splatter . . . there are times when the bathroom at home smells like a public restroom at a gas station.  Thankfully, this guest post from Tove Maren Stakkestad at Mama in the Now has a solution.  As a mom of four boys, she really knows how to tackle the smelly toilet: This post contains affiliate links.  That means that, at no additional cost to you, we may receive small…

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How to Raise Secure Boys: Let them be Themselves!

How to Raise Secure Boys: Let them be Themselves!

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleRaising secure boys, *even* without sports! “You must be sooo busy with all your boys’ sports!”  It’s a comment I get often as a mom of three boys.  But I have to admit, it annoys me!  Fact:  Not all boys are into sports.  Fact:  There are gazillions of other interests in the world that can help develop boys into smart, well-adjusted, strong, active, social, kind humans.  Fact:  My sons do a mix of these things, and I’m super-proud to…

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Boys

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Boys

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleIt’s almost Halloween!  Which means that any day now, my parents will ask me what they should get the kids at holiday-time . . . and this year, I’m determined to be prepared with the ultimate holiday gift guide for boys.  Usually, I say “I don’t know! I haven’t even thought about tomorrow, let alone the holiday season that is still a few months away!”  But for all you early-planners, here’s some help.  Whether your kids…

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EASY, FAST DIY Cardboard Box Halloween Costumes

EASY, FAST DIY Cardboard Box Halloween Costumes

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleHalloween is fast-approaching, and you haven’t finalized the kids’ costume plans yet?  NO WORRIES!  I haven’t either.  We’re right now having the yearly battle over whether they can be something ridiculously scary or not (I say NO), or whether they should dress up as something creative and fun.  Whatever they decide, I know they’re starting to prefer store-bought costumes over my homemade Halloween creations.  But just in case, I’ve whipped up a list of 5 fast,…

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What’s that smell? Teaching boys personal hygiene

What’s that smell? Teaching boys personal hygiene

Share Pin +1 Tweet Stumble“What’s that smell?”  In my house full of boys, I find myself asking this question A LOT.  Whether it came out of their mouth (bad breath?  a burp?) or the other end (no need for explanation), my boys need reminders about hygiene habits — how a healthy hygiene routine is key to their well-being (and to my sanity!) Seriously, have you ever eaten snot?  I HAVE NOT.  But I’ve seen it happen in my house.  The…

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10 reasons a BALL PIT was the BEST and WORST thing I’ve ever bought for my kids

10 reasons a BALL PIT was the BEST and WORST thing I’ve ever bought for my kids

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleMy littlest love.  He’s my third and final baby.  And every year for his birthday, I struggle to figure out what to get him.  Not because I don’t understand him or “know” him, but because . . . well, it seems we already have everything, and I can’t imagine another toy entering my house. But last year, after playing at a friend’s house in a ball pit, I realized we no longer had one of our…

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Back-to-School Shopping: A 7-step Guide on how to Survive

Back-to-School Shopping: A 7-step Guide on how to Survive

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleIt’s back-to-school time again, and I’m sure many of you have already sent the kiddos off to their new classroom adventures.  We start later this week where I live, so I took the time (risk?  challenge? dare?) to do some last-minute back-to-school shopping with my boys this weekend.  I was foolish to think it would have gone any differently from how it has in the past.  I swear these boys have crafted a 7-step guide on…

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Midlife and Motherhood: Where’s the crisis?

Midlife and Motherhood: Where’s the crisis?

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleWhat would you say to your younger self if you could send a message back in time?  Would you warn yourself of what’s to come, Celebrate what has been?  Share hopes and dreams for what may come next? A fellow blogger, Erin, at The Accidental Supermom, recently posted a note from her thirties-self to her twenties-self, giving advice and great perspective.  It was heartwarming and humorous . . . and, while she’s a bit younger than I…

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Raising boys in the “me too” era: How to best prepare your sons for the road ahead of them

Raising boys in the “me too” era: How to best prepare your sons for the road ahead of them

Share Pin +1 Tweet StumbleIn today’s “me-too” era where awareness and implications of words and actions seems more serious than ever, Mothers of Boys have a lot to think about.  In my recent M.O.B. Truths survey, approximately half of the respondents said they are trying to instill respect and values early on in their sons, while the other half said, “PLEASE HELP!  I DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THIS SUBJECT!!!” Here’s help.  It may seem strange to take advice from…

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