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Raising boys is an adventure!  Here are the “boys will be boys” stories, the laughs, the tips, the serious and the outrageous stuff about raiding boys.

Back to School Shopping: Already, Again, and Always an Adventure

Back to School Shopping: Already, Again, and Always an Adventure

  OK, it’s August.  I get it – school where we live starts later this month.  But this year, as I’m bombarded with constant reminders of the impending first day of school (TV ads, in-store displays, radio ads, social media, and kids saying it’s not fair it starts so soon), I find myself wondering . . . do we really need to do any shopping? Sure, part of the rationale for not wanting to do it is because it’s summer! …

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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

Whether 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

It’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

Who 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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Fortnite: Friend or Foe

Fortnite: Friend or Foe

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 want…

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How to Clean a Smelly Toilet When You Have Boys

How to Clean a Smelly Toilet When You Have Boys

Boy 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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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Boys

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Boys

It’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 are crafty or into…

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What’s that smell? Teaching boys personal hygiene

What’s that smell? Teaching boys personal hygiene

“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 good news is  ….

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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

It’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 how to successfully make…

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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

In 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 me, a busy working…

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