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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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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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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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Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

“We seasoned our dinner with herbs from our garden, and topped off our salad with our homegrown tomatoes,” the  neighbors said.  Not us!  Steak on the grill and frozen french fries over here!  I tend to think I don’t have the skill — or the time — for a fancy, productive garden, though I do think gardening with kids is a great experience, and one I try every year.  I used to think about it a lot, envisioning us creating…

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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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A peek inside the new must-have book for tween boys

A peek inside the new must-have book for tween boys

Books for boys can be hard to choose.  In my house of boys, I have good readers skill-wise, but they don’t actually enjoy reading or choose it as an activity.  I’m always looking for books that will catch their attention and let them think positively about reading — like an adventure awaiting them when they open the cover and dive in. Enter Dave McGrail.  Back in my days of velcro sneakers and recess, I knew him as a nice, smart,…

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Patience. I’ll be right there.

Patience. I’ll be right there.

Sometimes, parenting three kids is so easy  (Wait, what?  Remind me that I said that).  Other days, I get dizzy from my head turning this way and that way answering “What?” “Yes!” “Hold on a second!” “Don’t do that.” “In a minute.” “I said IN A MINUTE.”  After yelling “I have only two eyes, but three kids to watch!” and “THERE IS ONLY ONE MOMMY HERE!!!!” today in absolute frustration, I figured it was a good time to post this…

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When Mom Needs Maintenance: Self care for sanity

When Mom Needs Maintenance: Self care for sanity

Maintenance Required.  When that message popped up on my dashboard display, I felt like my car was judging me.  How dare it suggest I need a bit of self care!  Yes, I’ve been working long hours, super-busy with kids’ projects and homework and events, still getting up to speed in my new role at work, having a midlife crisis (yes, I think I’ve hit that age.  Isn’t this when 80’s movies would just depict men buying convertibles?  Maybe I’ll try…

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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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