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No, I Don't Need A Daughter

Morgan Starr | Posted 04.15.2017 | Parents
Morgan Starr

I'm completely and totally happy with the hand I've been dealt, and my heart is overflowing with love for my three boys. I think we'll be just fine without any daughters; my three sons are enough for me.

I Wanted a Daughter, But I Needed a Son

Ashley Abramson | Posted 03.25.2017 | Parents
Ashley Abramson

At five weeks pregnant, I was so convinced I knew the sex of my baby that I picked out her name, first and middle. I plotted our quiet adventures in m...

A Few Things I Know After 15 Years As A 'Boy Mom'

Katie Workman | Posted 01.08.2017 | Parents
Katie Workman

I am hardly a sexist, and don't think of myself as a person prone to stereotypes. But now, having been the mother boys for one and a half decades, there are some things I believe to be true.

Repurposing Our Pain

Amy Crumpton | Posted 09.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

photo at by Mathieu Nicolet My ten year-old came to the car with his toes only half in his tennis shoes and his foot hanging off the bac...

Always Slide Home

Abbie Rumbach | Posted 06.04.2016 | Parents
Abbie Rumbach

I soon learned that there would be a T-ball draft. Yep. This is a real situation. Coaches actually get together and haggle for players, half of whom can't even wipe their own butts, my son among them.

Boys Can Cry, Too

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.02.2016 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Here's the thing, society: Real men do cry. Real men do feel. Real men talk and grieve and walk with vulnerable hearts instead of clenched-tight ones.

To the Mommy I was 7 Years Ago

Shawna Wingert | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

Snuggle them and smell their sweet little baby smells. If they fall asleep in your arms, take a moment and savor it. In seven years, I have never, ever regretted any time I spent just loving on my boys. You won't, either.

Love In Its Own Time

Marie Zullo | Posted 05.26.2016 | Parents
Marie Zullo

Busy raising my first child, I thought little about the one that was coming. I didn't sing a special song that would be just for me and the new baby. No, my new baby would have to be content with the songs I sang with his older brother.

Our Boys Need Nurturing Too

Gail Hoffer-Loibl | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Gail Hoffer-Loibl

I want my son to feel that his desire to be gentle and nurturing will be encouraged as much as our daughters are encouraged to be strong and independent.

Becoming Obsolete

Sarah Trillin | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Sarah Trillin

Between now and the end of the year, my husband and two sons, ages 8 and 11, have three separate trips planned without me

Keep Your Hands Off My Cheetos and Other Lessons Learned From My Kids

Christine Organ | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Christine Organ

Sometimes life is unfair and exhausting. Sometimes it feels like the odds are stacked against us, like everyone has it better and easier, like everyone has more chocolate milk and Cheetos than us.

7 Reasons Why Moms Are Real-Life Superheroes

Holly Rust | Posted 05.31.2015 | Parents
Holly Rust

Sure, my cape may be invisible, and my special powers may not be as cool as Iron Man's, but my powers do help me survive the day-to-day grind of being a supermom.

Why Moms Have Eyes in the Back of Their Heads

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

It is such a simple knowledge, and yet I find that it's the hardest to rely on as a parent. To drown out all the noise, the opinions, the well-meaning advice, the not-so-well-meaning judgment, the guilt, and to just look and listen to my little person and trust that what I feel in my gut is right.

I'm Not Just Raising Little Boys, I'm Trying to Raise Good Men

Meredith Ethington | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Meredith Ethington

Your daughters believe you when you say that there are no boys out there good enough for them. Sure, a woman doesn't need a man to survive, but let's not raise her thinking that not only does she not need them, but that there actually aren't any good ones.

My Fashion Police Officer

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 05.23.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

since we started homeschooling that he offers commentary on an almost daily basis. And it's not always positive.

A Letter To My Sons

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

I remember the day you were both born like it was yesterday. I remember the feeling of overwhelming joy colliding with fear all at once. I remember the sound of your first cry and the feeling of your skin against mine for the first time, and thinking I am now a mother.

That Frightening Time When Your Child Is Learning Autonomy

Rachel Toalson | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

2-year-olds: It doesn't matter if shoes don't match or if they're different sizes. Just put them on. Shoes are shoes are shoes. Stop trying to match them and put them on the right feet, parents.

When I Am Old, I Want To Remember My Now-Little Boy

Kristi Rieger Campbell | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Kristi Rieger Campbell

I hope that I am wrinkled and stooped and able to meet my grandchildren. I hope to tell them about their father, my now baby boy and my then-grown son. I hope to tell them about how brave he has always been.

10 Things My Toddler Is Doing in the Bathroom Besides Using the Potty

Meredith Hale | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Left to his own devices, my toddler would gladly flush everything from his rubber duckies to his sister's toothbrush down the toilet.

The Day I Banned The 'F' Word From Our House

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

I have often thought to myself that if I ever have a daughter, I would really have to watch how much I complain about my body. The last thing I would want is for her to grow up with a warped body image. I never once thought about what it could be doing to my boys.

You Carry Me

Heather Evers | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Heather Evers

Who wouldn't love to be swooped up and carried? So, I indulge Harrison's requests to be picked up, even when I would really like to be carried myself. Isn't that the ideal metaphor for parenting, really? We do things for our children that no one does for us anymore.

The Mother-Son Dance

Jessica Dimas | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Jessica Dimas

I can only imagine what she was thinking as she danced with her son on his wedding day. Probably back to the long days when she lived on little sleep, wore her hair pulled back too often and changed diapers tirelessly.

#LikeAMan... What Does That Mean?

CT Working Moms | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
CT Working Moms

My favorite part is a little over a minute in, when the boy in the yellow shirt realizes that his interpretation of #LikeAGirl insulted girls, including possibly, his own sister. I love this ad so very much. However, as a boy mom, I just have to say... what about the boys?

How Many Moms Does It Take To Draw a Heart?

Ashley Allen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Ashley Allen

This week, one of my 5-year-old twin boys and I sat down to do arts and crafts. (He actually mispronounces this activity as "arts and craps," and I'm perfectly OK with this pronunciation, as it pretty much conveys how I feel about it).

A Letter from an Adoptee to Her Sons

Christina Romo | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Christina Romo

I want you both to know that by making that decision to adopt me three decades ago, Grandma and Grandpa truly changed my life. In a matter of a year, I went from being an orphan to becoming someone's daughter.