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5 Benefits of Having Little Brother My Daughter Doesn't Realize

Claire McCormack | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Claire McCormack

Little brothers: the quintessential pain in the ass. Ask my daughter and she will tell you there are exactly 0.00 benefits to having a little brother. As someone with two older sisters and no brothers, I beg to differ.

Boys Can Cry, Too

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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.

The Mantra That's Helping Me Let Go Of My Grown Son

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 06.16.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

I have a good relationship with my almost 21-year-old son. But I have heard about it. The fate that is waiting for me. Listened with a tiny bit of dread. 'You know, boys just don't stay close to their moms when they settle down. They are closer to their wives' family, not to you anymore.'

Our Boys Need Nurturing Too

Gail Hoffer-Loibl | Posted 05.18.2015 | 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.

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.

I Thought I Knew What Was Best For My Son, But He Had Other Ideas

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

I don't see his homework every night, I only hope he's using the washing machine once in awhile and I have to trust that he's eating his vegetables every day.

About a Boy

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

Children and teenagers know about sex, think about sex and act on their biological and psychological urges to try it -- or to at least imagine trying it.

Your Son Doesn't Need to 'Just Suck It Up'

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

Dads, your words are strong. Powerful. And lasting. It's fine to want your son to be strong, tough and really good at baseball. But not at the price of cutting him down and breaking his spirit.

This Is 18

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

I was once the mother of babies who squirmed to be out of my arms and let down, who then grew into children who would wiggle free of my hands impatient to run in the park, and then zoomed into teens who began taking phones into their rooms to talk privately.

Son, These Are The 10 Ways You Amaze Me

Samantha McGarry | Posted 02.16.2015 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

You cried when we had some trees removed because you were worried the birds would lose their homes. You want to pet every dog you meet. Maybe you were a golden retriever in another life. It would explain a lot!

Healthy Competition Not So Healthy In Siblings?

Alisa Schindler | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

It's hard to draw the line between healthy competition and unhealthy sibling rivalry. I want my kids to be competitive, just not with each other. Yet, I don't know how to stop it.

Confessions Of A Bad Mom: Having 'The Talk'

Michelle Combs | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Michelle Combs

I grew up in a household where sex was not discussed. I learned everything I know about sex on the mean streets of Dry Ridge, Kentucky. I wanted it to be different for my children. My son, however, did not.

My Son Likes Nail Polish

Caren Chesler | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Caren Chesler

I pointed to a bottle with red and green sparkles that reminded me of Christmas and another one with silver sparkles that seemed a good choice for New Year's Eve. "No. This one," he said, sidestepping my choices and picking the sparkly pink. I threw it in my cart.

6 Parenting Moments I Now Miss That Totally Annoyed Me At The Time

Alisa Schindler | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

As mommy to young kids, there were so many particulars that needed tending to simply get through a day responsibly and with the least amount of tantrums -- "Not the blue bowl!!! The red!" But now that we're a bit older, a lot of these peculiarities have faded away.

7 Reasons I Will Keep Driving My Old, Messy Car

Julie Meyer Taylor | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Julie Meyer Taylor

It would be awfully nice if Grandma didn't have to ask for a towel before she dared sit down on a seat, and if I didn't have to worry about burning my legs on the exposed seat-warmer wires. But then I think about all of the things I would have to give up if I got a new car.

25 Feminist Lessons For My Sons

Christine Organ | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Christine Organ

Your gender does not define you. Neither does your job or car or bank account. Be kind and brave, be a good friend and a hard worker and treat everyone with respect -- those are the qualities that will define you.

The Heartbreaking Sound of a Voice from the Past

Sarah Smiley | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

Our culture is vigilant about documenting faces with photographs before they grow and change. But their voices? Those seem to disappear into time and history like a curling spiral of smoke rising up into the sky. Just like that -- poof -- and the voices are gone.

5 Things Only Parents of Boys Can Understand

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

My oldest boy is turning 5 soon. My youngest boy just turned 1. Between them I am sure that I could solve the energy crisis, if only I could capture the intense amount of vigor that zings and swirls around them all day (and night) long.

I'm Donating a Kidney for My Son... But Not Like That

Monica Wyche | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Monica Wyche

I'm not a hero, I'm just efficient and not so scared of hospitals. And someone said that a hero "ain't nothing but a sandwich," which really just makes me hungry.

How I'm Raising My Sons To Be Feminist

Ravishly | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Ravishly

As my boys approach adulthood and start relationships of their own with women outside our house, I'm more keenly aware of what they learn both here and outside these walls. And sadly, it's not as simple as letting them choose the pink shirt over the blue one.

Dear Max

Natasha Walizer | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Natasha Walizer

When you hurt yourself, you're still my little boy. You cry. You reach out to me. You hold me really tightly. I will never let go of you. But Max, you're growing up.

11 Things Only Parents Of Boys Understand

The Next Family | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
The Next Family

In my vision, there were tea parties and tutus. There were hours spent quietly reading on the couch together. There were braids and pigtails. There was shopping and giggling. There was peace and love and joy and... and... peace. Then, I had boys.

Divided Mom Stands. United she Falls.

Alisa Schindler | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

At times, I had relied on their division somewhat to keep from doing things I didn't want to do. Alone they were a single, sometimes whiny voice, but united they were a force, their powers tripled. If they really started working together, they would be unstoppable!

Gentle-Men

Heather Risinger | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Heather Risinger

Let's let our boys read books, make bracelets, tap dance, sing, make music and anything else they want to do, with no judgment.

I'm A Multitasker Disaster

Ashley Allen | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Ashley Allen

What do you see?" "Whelp, there's definitely two in there," she said, distractedly. "Two WHAT?" I shrieked, louder than I intended to. "Two arms, legs, hands, feet, everything it needs two of?!"