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How to Raise Secure Boys: Let them be Themselves!

How to Raise Secure Boys: Let them be Themselves!

Raising 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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10 Reasons to LOVE SLIME!

10 Reasons to LOVE SLIME!

SLIME!  If you’re a parent, you’re probably cringing at this craze that has lasted over a year now.  Making slime, playing with slime, experimenting with new slime recipes, watching videos about slime, teaching others to make slime, putting new things in slime, figuring out where slime sticks and where it doesn’t.  We are undoubtedly in THE SLIME ERA.  I know lots of parents who hate all things slime  — it’s messy, it’s sticky, it’s constant, it’s annoying.  But I’ve looked…

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Raising boys: What every mom needs to know

Raising boys: What every mom needs to know

Raising boys, it becomes clear early on how much they love their penis.  In case there was any doubt about it, check this out: I just said to my completely nudey, just-turned 4yo, “I will play with you only after you put your underwear on.” He replied, “Then I don’t want to play with you.” 9 years into being a Mother of Boys (M.O.B.), boys’ connection to this “thing” still surprises me. Here’s an updated version of a post from…

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Nature vs. Nurture: When Ordinary Happenings Become Full-Contact Sports (plus, a GIVEAWAY treat!)

Nature vs. Nurture: When Ordinary Happenings Become Full-Contact Sports (plus, a GIVEAWAY treat!)

Nature vs. nurture?  Not even a question in my mind.  I was enlightened when I became a Mother of Boys (M.O.B.).  For anyone out there still debating nature vs. nurture, I know the answer.  It’s nature, people!  Nine years into being a M.O.B., I am still mind-blown by the otherwise ordinary activities that play out like full-contact sports in my house.  Things that my sister and I calmly did together as kids lead to instantaneous brawls between my boys.  Is…

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Exercise Routine for a Busy M.O.B.

Exercise Routine for a Busy M.O.B.

Exercise?  Hmmmm.  Since I have zero time to myself (ok, maybe 20 seconds of free time each day), I have trouble finding time to exercise.  I tried the awesome “Couch to 5k” running app last year, but my neighbor and I (she’s also a working mom) could only fit it in around 5am (think dark, cold, crazy).  While it was certainly invigorating and awesome to have such a sense of accomplishment by 5:30am, it reminded me I’m not so good…

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My Mother’s Love

My Mother’s Love

A dear friend of mine recently lost his mom to the cruel disease, dementia.  In his memorial speech, he stated some powerful, emotional words, sharing what he has learned about love in the past few years.  To be the best (father, husband, friend . . .) he could be, he should “love others as my mother loved me.” It seems so simple and obvious, right?  A mother’s love is undying.  It’s powerful enough to hold up through unimaginable exhaustion, tantrums,…

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

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 full of boys.  So many parts of speech.  So many emotions.  Such positive and negative underlying tonality.  And while my Mommy voice says, “Boys, that’s…

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The order of the world world, according to my boys

The order of the world world, according to my boys

Zombies are popular these days.  I’m pretty sure I never knew anything about them when I was a kid.  But, according to my boys, they inhabited this Earth even before dinosaurs.  I have so much to learn.  🙂 #mobtruths #boymom #parenting #evolution #raisingboys Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend…

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Potty puppet?

Potty puppet?

What I wouldn’t give to have a bathroom clean enough for a potty puppet show . . . #motherofboys #mobtruths #raisingsons #raisingboys #boymom   Fellow Mothers of Boys, how many times a week does your toilet need to be cleaned? Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services…

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Thanksgiving Traditions for Kids

Thanksgiving Traditions for Kids

My family has a lot of Thanksgiving traditions:  My mom will take out her ancient list of what to serve, she will polish silver platters, she will work extra hard, my dad will take the gross stuff out of the turkey, someone will tell a story that makes no sense at the dinner table, everyone will break out into laughter, there will be turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and kugel and crescent rolls and 10 other things my mom…

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