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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.

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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Summer’s here . . . and so is working mom guilt. Here are 5 ways to cope.

Summer’s here . . . and so is working mom guilt. Here are 5 ways to cope.

Summer break!  It’s time when kids everywhere enjoy vacation homes, family time, lazy days of sleeping late, breakfast on the back patio, and then splashing in sprinklers all day.  Or, in the case of many working moms like me . . . kids are at summer camp.  Don’t get me wrong – my boys love the day camp they go to, and I know they’d be bored out of their minds at home all day . . . I just…

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5 Tips for Parenting in a Scary World

5 Tips for Parenting in a Scary World

My key for parenting in a scary world: Open the door.  Say “I love you.” Go. It was one of those weeks that make me realize what supermen and superwomen we truly are parenting in the scary world we live in today, and it inspired me to update this post from 2016 in hopes that it can be a good reminder for you — and me, too.  How are you getting by parenting in a scary world these days? My…

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Tips for moms from moms: Perspective on raising boys

Tips for moms from moms: Perspective on raising boys

Sometimes you just need the comfort of hearing some tips for moms from moms who have been through all this before, because, as they say, “Mother knows best.”  Right? It was one of those days.  One of those weeks, really.  The kind where everything is crazy at work, and at home, there are dirty socks on the kitchen floor, pee splatters on the toilet seat and wall, smelly feet on the couch, and lack of patience as my three sons…

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Awww! 21 adorable reasons boys (and men!) love their moms

Awww! 21 adorable reasons boys (and men!) love their moms

Mother’s Day is fast-approaching.  I wonder if my silly boys will make me breakfast in bed like they often do, only to eat it before I even get a bite! We hear so much about how boys are all snakes and snails and puppy-dog tails, but they really do have a sweet side, too. I also often hear that “boys love their mamas,” and of course it’s true, right? I surveyed boys, guys, men of various ages with one simple…

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Got sons? Tell me about it!

Got sons? Tell me about it!

Are you living the adventure of raising boys?  If you told a kid in your house today to take his hands out of his pants (or if you laugh as you remember doing so when your kids were younger), I’m guessing you have a son.  If you balance the question “What sports does he play?” with the answer “I just want him to be active and happy,” and if you’ve found an appreciation for the talent of destruction, again, I’m…

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