Raising Boys

Things Parents Say: 15 (More) Things I Never Knew I’d Say While Raising Boys

Things parents say.  We rolled our eyes at our parents while we were growing up, and now we say some of the same things they said to us.    But we also say things we never could have predicted, never expected.  Especially if you’re a M.O.B., like me.  Here are 15 more* things I never knew …

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Family Photo: 10 Tips for a Great Family Photo Shoot

Family photo:  It’s the time of year when when we practice our perfect smiles and get the kids new perfect outfits for a family photo, right?  Well, not in our case.  We try to do a professional family photo shoot every few years (for holiday cards, or to frame in the house, or to simply …

Easy morning routine

8 Simple Ways to Ease Morning Chaos

Morning chaos:  In my house, it’s three sons, a husband, and a wife scrambling to get ready for work and school and out the door by 7:15am.  And then 7:16am arrives.  Most days, that’s when I breathe a sigh of relief.  I turn up the music like a triumphant victory song as I start my …

baby stroller

Stroller for Sale

Stroller for Sale It’s so hard to believe my baby — my littlest love, my last baby — is turning 4.  Take a look back at this post from last year.  Here’s a not-so-well-kept secret — I still have that stroller, and he still likes to ride in it sometimes!  WIN for me!  Enjoy this …

Helicopter Parenting: How to Land Your Aircraft for Good

“Helicopter parenting.  Don’t be a helicopter parent.”  Through the years, I’ve heard the phrase and the disdain that comes with it as other parents judge your completely “everything-must-be-perfect-for-my-baby” style of parenting.  But I didn’t quite know what it really entailed until recently. I was at a playdate with three good friends of mine, each of …

Some snow days are indoors

Snow Day Survival: 10 (non-destructive) Indoor Activities

A snow day? If you’re anywhere in the Northeast US right now, then YES! Some snow days are perfect for going outside to make snowmen, go sledding, catch snowflakes on your tongue.  But if you’re having the kind of snow day with brutal wind and poor visibility keeping you and the kids indoors — in …

butt cheek

Good night, Butt Cheek: 10 unexpected & giggle-worthy uses of the term

I was a language major in college, and my friends know I’m pretty nerdy about grammar.  Now I’m a mom to three boys, well aware that so many things in parenting are enlightening . . . including the amazing and prominent role “butt cheek” has in the English vocabulary.  Well, at least in my house …

M.O.B. Confession: My sons aren’t sporty

I have three sons, and they’re not particularly sporty.  And that’s OK.  There.  I said it. When I had just two sons, I often heard “Wow, you’re the perfect family of four – a golf foursome!” And when I had my third son, so many new comments flooded in, like “Wow, a soccer team!” Or, …

kindness projects

12 Simple Acts of Kindness

A little kindness goes a long way, I think.  I try to model it whenever I can — not just consciously, but because it’s how I’m wired to act — buying a hot cup of chicken soup for a homeless man, supporting a local family in a time of need, donating to charities, smiling at …

motherhood lessons

Lessons in Motherhood: Marketing Me as Mom

Lessons in motherhood come often.  I’m constantly discovering things about motherhood that I never knew to expect.  Like my latest revelation that motherhood can be a lot like marketing.  Every day, I’m marketing me as mom.  Those of you who know me outside of this website know that I have a career in marketing, so …