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Letter To My Newborn Son

Julie Zhuo | Posted 10.05.2016 | Parents
Julie Zhuo

You are two weeks old, so there are only a few things we know about you.

5 Things I Thought I'd Never Say Out Loud To My Boys

Lucee Santini | Posted 09.20.2016 | Parents
Lucee Santini

I find myself saying the craziest things I never thought I would say out loud. Here's five of them.

Anatomy Of A Little League Game

Julianna W. Miner | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Julianna W. Miner

I thought I'd share the experience of managing three kids and a Little League game on a school night, for those of you unfamiliar with it.

Why I'm Raising My Sons Like Daughters

Sarah Stewart Holland | Posted 12.21.2016 | Parents
Sarah Stewart Holland

Little boys are taught that certain dreams are off limits. Little boys are taught in a million ways that they can do whatever they want -- as long as it's not for girls.

12 Important Lessons I Learned at the School of Parenting

Pat Fenner | Posted 12.10.2016 | Parents
Pat Fenner

I'd love to say I passed the following lessons with flying colors, but I just know I'd get called out by either one of my sons or their friends (ok, or their moms...), so let me just describe the lessons here, and let history (and my boys) conclude what grade I received.

How My Boys Try (and Fail) to Use 'The Force'

Rachel Toalson | Posted 11.19.2016 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Husband and my older boys have lately been trying to cram in some viewings of old Star Wars movies before the new one comes out. It's important, Husband says, to introduce them to Luke and Yoda and Hans and, most of all, The Force.

I Used to Want to Be a Rockstar. This Is All I Got.

Rachel Toalson | Posted 11.16.2016 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Husband and I used to be in a band. Well, we technically still are. We just don't ever play the songs we're still writing, because we have six kids. But before those six kids, we played all over Texas and took a few tours through Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

The Sweetest Traditions Are Often the Simplest

Emily Nichols Grossi | Posted 10.09.2016 | Parents
Emily Nichols Grossi

My sons and I have a daily tradition we call Morning Snuggle. Morning Snuggle is exactly what it sounds like: we snuggle in the morning. It involves the boys making various amounts of noise before 6:30 a.m. -- which is the time we have told them they may exit their rooms -- and then barreling into our room at 6:31 a.m.

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.

Tender Is the New Strong for Boys

LJ Charleston | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
LJ Charleston

While girls are given the freedom these days to be strong, think about giving your boys the freedom to be tender and soft.

This Dad Painted His Nails To Support His Bullied Son

HuffPost Brazil | Diego Iraheta | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents

When a 4-year-old Brazilian boy was bullied at school, his parents, Thiago and Laura Sagrilo, had the best response. Arthur, it seems, has an aff...

9 Truths 'Moms of Boys Only' Need To Know

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 10.01.2016 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

My sister (a mother of girls only) would marvel when my little boys would pick me flowers or caress my hair. They learn how to love women -- and how to be loved by women -- from you.

Being Right Beside Them For The Rites of Passage

Carissa K | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

My habit is to parent to the youngest common denominator. While the youngest of their ages is an age that was once foreign to me, it is now where my experience lies, three times over. It is my comfort zone. Realizing this, I try to make a conscious effort to get myself unstuck.

Why Eighth Grade Boys Are The Best

Jessica Wolf | Posted 08.27.2014 | Fifty
Jessica Wolf

When I used to work with kids on their writing, my favorites were always the eighth grade boys. They didn't even pretend to like to write. 'I'm a terrible writer,' each would say. Even though that was rarely ever true.

How This Mother Learned the Language of Boys

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

None of this even remotely resembled anything I'd ever been interested in before. Ever. And yet this crazy new language was something I desperately wanted to learn.

Rules for Raising a Mama's Boy

Melissa Chapman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

As a mother, I cannot imagine that anyone could love my children as much or as unconditionally as I love them.

The Beloved Son

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Garry Gilfoy

Standing behind our lived experience is an 'ideal' of how we think -- or perhaps it's a preconscious knowing -- this relationship could be or should be. The Father, we feel, should bring out the highest in the Son.

Growing Pains

Allison Tate | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

He will be OK. He is ready, and he can do this, and it is going to get a lot better than it was today. That doesn't mean that this is going to be awesome. Growing up can kind of suck sometimes -- for kids and for parents.

Why I Love Being a Mom to Boys

Christine Organ | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Christine Organ

Whether building Lego towers or having a tea party, whether watching Star Wars or Cinderella, whether we are shopping for a prom dress or picking out a corsage, at the heart of each of those activities are connection, guidance and encouragement.

My Funny Valentine: A Love Letter to My Son

Jenn Horton | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

Your Cupid's arrow has bulls-eyed me, my sweet Sammy. Before I had you, I didn't understand how the bond would be any different from that of the precious one I share with your sister. But not only is it wonderfully different, it's one of the best adventures to ever grace my life.

LOOK: 9-Year-Old's Rude (But Hilarious) Book Project | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents

My 9-year-old comes from a long line of birdwatchers. His grandparents are avid birders, with almost 900 species on their lifelong lists, and his father and I enjoy watching birds in our backyard. So maybe we shouldn't be surprised by his new hobby.

On Parenting, Patience And PMS

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

On regular days phrases like "a little chaos is a good thing" and "at least it's happy noise" have the desired calming effect, but on this PMS-migraine, one-two-punch day I call out the big guns: "It might have been otherwise." You see, for Tracie and me, parenthood was hard-won.

Why I Finally Told My Son He Could Play With Toy Guns

Kristen Howerton | Posted 08.04.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I spend a lot of time pondering the disparity between the mom I thought I would be, and the mom I am. I was such a good mom before having kids.

Why Society Is Failing Young Boys

Dr. Philip Zimbardo | Posted 07.25.2012 | Books
Dr. Philip Zimbardo

As entertaining as these movies can be, what are the effects these stereotypes of men have on the young guys growing up watching them?

Why Men Act Crazy

Niobe Way, Ed.D. | Posted 08.27.2011 | Women
Niobe Way, Ed.D.

Our modern notions of maturity and manhood, with its emphasis on separation and stoicism to the exclusion of connection and vulnerability, are at the root of why men treat themselves and others so poorly.