Raising Boys: 10 Things I Hope My Sons Learn from My Dad

We’ve already established the fact that I’m surrounded by boys.  A husband and three silly, spirited, (sometimes) sweet sons.  There are days I want to pull my hair out — like when doing puzzles becomes a full-contact sport or when I realize it’s futile to spruce up the house with seasonal flair because the boys …

The p word

The p word Let’s just get this out there.  The p word. It sounds a little funny, it makes me a little uncomfortable, and I used to blush at the mere mention of it.  Penis.  That’s the word I’m talking about.  There, I said it. (Sorry, Mom).  It’s not a word I used or heard …

Lessons My Kids Learned Without Me Teaching Them

Lessons My Kids Learned Without Me Teaching Them: They don’t always listen, but they hear me. I’ve been away on a business trip for four days.  You’d think it’s a mix of hard work, nice dinners and good, uninterrupted sleep.  It’s a little of that (no real good sleep, thanks to a strong body clock and …

Raising Boys: Things I Never Knew I’d Say

Raising boys puts me in unexpected territory.  Even with respect to what I say to them. Boys are different from girls.  From my experience, this is true.  The wrestling, punching, yelling, constant high energy . . . So often, words come out of my mouth, and I pause to think, “Wow.  I never could have …

Raising Boys

Raising boys: There will be nudity.

I’m learning a lot raising boys.  Like just how much they love to be naked. Completely nude.  I suppose little kids, in general, do.  But as the mother of three boys, I think especially boys love to be naked . . . as often as they can and for as long as they can.  Wherever they …

School shopping – with a son. One boy’s adventure.

School shopping . . . with a son. It’s that time of year again — back-to-school shopping season is in full swing!  For one brief moment, I envisioned a back-to-school shopping trip with my two school-age sons:  Which shirts will they pick out?  Will they want high top sneakers or boat shoes?  Will they finally …

Vacation with Boys: What I re-learned

Vacation with Boys:  Shirtless at the shore, kicking sand Our family vacation.  It begins every year with a smartly packed minivan that somehow ends up over-filled before leaving our driveway, sentencing me to a 3 1/2 hour drive with no legroom.  But I don’t mind.  It’s my week away with my family, a chance to …

Get Messy for Summer Fun with Boys

SuperMOB, Supporter of Mess: 5 Summer Fun Activities for Kids Hey, Mothers of Boys!!!  Looking for summer fun for kids?  Let them get messy with a “Sensory Safari!” We’ve already established that boys and messes go together.  You know those days when they’re so covered in dirt that you just want to hose them down before …

Worms and beetles and frogs, oh my

Boys and Bugs Worms and Beetles and Frogs, oh my! Springtime in New England.  It’s my favorite season, full of crisp mornings and warm days, green leaves appearing overnight on trees, flowers blooming, and a fresh smell that streams into my house through open windows, clearing out any lingering stink that can come from living …

The M.O.B. Connection

Picture this:  You’re at the park, and you see two moms meet for the first time.  Within a minute, they discover that they both have two daughters and no sons.  They joyously hug, instantly connecting. Have you ever seen it?  Me neither.  I don’t think it happens. But last week, I went to a business lunch …