Hey, obnoxious youth sports parents: LISTEN UP and SIMMER DOWN

Hey, obnoxious youth sports parents: LISTEN UP and SIMMER DOWN

SharePinTweetI’m not one to complain a lot.  But when my husband calls me from a kids’ hockey tournament and tells me about the competing team’s parents taunting my kid’s team (these are 8-10-year old players, by the way), shouting profanity, and being downright horrible role models, my blood boils.   So, here’s my uncharacteristic rant.  I’m hoping some perspective from good old ME can help change this dynamic, though I’m guessing those of you who read this and agree are already in…

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When “just a little bit of peanut sauce” teaches a lot

When “just a little bit of peanut sauce” teaches a lot

SharePinTweetIt’s OK to watch them breathe. To just sit there, watching their tiny chests move up and down.  To feel their breath on your hand.  To ask them repeatedly to say the words, “I’m OK, Mommy,” just so you can be sure. That’s what I did on the way to the hospital tonight. See, my littlest love has nut allergies.  He has an anaphylactic reaction to almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts.  To be safe, I keep him away from all nuts. …

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Double Digits Already? How I’m Making Moments Meaningful

Double Digits Already? How I’m Making Moments Meaningful

SharePinTweetThis article originally appeared on Her View From Home  with the title “You May Be Growing and Changing, but You’ll Always Be My Baby.” You know how people change, but deep down, really, they don’t? This is my eldest son when he was 4 years old . . . and now.   Those curls! He’s still got them. They’re just a little shorter now. Those blue eyes! Still there. Full of sneaky schemes with a sparkle of sweetness. That smile! It still lights…

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Whatever you do, DON’T SAY THIS to a Mother of Boys

Whatever you do, DON’T SAY THIS to a Mother of Boys

SharePinTweetWhether you’re raising boys or girls, parenting is widely known as the most amazing, exhausting, trying, endearing, rewarding journey.  For some reason, it’s also a journey that people – random people in the grocery store or the post office – feel the need to comment on. Those people you’ve never met who touched your belly when you were pregnant and asked if you were having a boy or a girl . . . yes, them.  Those people don’t disappear when…

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Hockey Mom 101: 7 Must-Have Tips for the New Hockey Mom

Hockey Mom 101: 7 Must-Have Tips for the New Hockey Mom

SharePinTweetIt’s official:  I’m now a Sports Mom — a Hockey Mom, to be exact.  For may years, I was certain my boys weren’t going to get into sports (which was totally ok by me), but here I am.  E’s passion for hockey is awesome.  But I have a lot to learn!  For any other new Sports Moms out there, anyone gearing up for spring try-outs, anyone about to head out to watch a tournament — here are my tips so…

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Boymoms tell all: 10 universal truths you need to know about raising boys

Boymoms tell all: 10 universal truths you need to know about raising boys

SharePinTweetWho needs “a lot of coffee and a good vacuum?”  Boymoms do!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you remember why I started this blog?  Because I’m a proud (and often flustered!) Mother of Boys (M.O.B.), and I know there’s a strong connection to be made with other M.O.B.s who share the adventure.  In 2018, M.O.B. Truths conducted a survey with Mothers of Boys, with the goal of digging deeper into our experiences and finding what is relatable, shareable, and helps strengthen our “village.”  Whether you…

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Simple Resolutions Even a Busy Mom Can Keep (updated!)

Simple Resolutions Even a Busy Mom Can Keep (updated!)

SharePinTweetI originally published the post below on December 2017, and decided it was time to review it and see how I did.  I’m certainly a busy mom (I think parenting is busy no matter what!), so I wanted to see if I was actually able to keep up with my resolutions.  Read the below, and then my progress report at the end of each resolution!  HAPPY 2019, everyone! Resolutions.  Ugh, it’s that time of year again.  Every year I try…

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Fortnite: Friend or Foe

Fortnite: Friend or Foe

SharePinTweet 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 I of course don’t…

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How to Clean a Smelly Toilet When You Have Boys

How to Clean a Smelly Toilet When You Have Boys

SharePinTweetBoy 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 compensation for our recommendations. …

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How to Raise Secure Boys: Let them be Themselves!

How to Raise Secure Boys: Let them be Themselves!

SharePinTweetRaising 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 support their interests, whatever…

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