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Mother Son Relationship

The Unique Way Parents Walk Toward Their Children

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

I remember how far behind she'd left my stepfather, who'd come with her, and the way her purse swung on her arm, and the broad, breaking smile on her face as she drew nearer. It felt almost embarrassing to be the object of such emotion after having done nothing more than come home.

The Hardest Part About Living With All Boys

Sarah Smiley | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

"The chances are 50/50 every time," my husband said. Fifteen years and three sons later, I am completely outnumbered and, frankly, fighting a losing battle. Even the dog is male.

5 Things Only Parents of Boys Can Understand

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 10.09.2014 | 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.

Why Running Makes Me a Better Mom

Karen Cordano | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Most days are made up of way too many not-my-finest-moments. Every morning, I promise myself I will try to be a better mother to the boys. It is hard to focus on the moments beyond the mistakes.

The Weight of Motherhood

Kristin Shaw | Posted 09.26.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Seven is the number of pounds I lost in my first trimester with my son. Nine pounds was the estimate for my son's birth weight; the doctors thought he would be too big for my body. Forty-four pounds is what my 5-year-old son weighs today.

11 Things Only Parents Of Boys Understand

The Next Family | Posted 09.24.2014 | 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.

Gentle-Men

Heather Risinger | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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.

Men and Their Mommies:How the Mother Son Relationship Can Contribute to Divorce

Jackie Pilossoph | Posted 09.09.2014 | Divorce
Jackie Pilossoph

I think there are many, many men who don't know what kind of relationship to have with their mom once they get a girlfriend or get married. And a lot of times, the mother son relationship has a huge effect on the marriage, to the point of divorce in some cases.

To My Sons: 20 Lessons for a Meaningful Life (That I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age)

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Author and artist Austin Kleon writes that when people give advice, they're really just talking to themselves in the past. I'll buy that. And by midli...

18 Things I Want My Son To Know Before He Starts High School

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

My love for you is not conditional, not connected to the outcome of your life. I will feel proud and I will feel disappointed. I will be certain and I will be afraid. Underneath all of this life we are trying so damn hard to get right, my love for you runs steady and unchanging.

What You Don't Know About That Wild, Unruly Child

Kristen Mae | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Kristen Mae

Next time you see a kid running wild, trailed by a haggard-looking mom with a frizzy ponytail and puffy eyes, just remember: There might be a lot you don't know.

Dear Mom, Can You Tell Me How You've Done It?

Leah Vidal | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Leah Vidal

It isn't about teaching them their first words, but about being their voice when they can't speak for themselves. It isn't about cheering them on when they take their first steps, but about walking alongside them no matter what their journey entails

Dear Sons: Marry Your Best Friend (and 7 Other Crucial Steps To Wedded Bliss)

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 10.05.2014 | Fifty
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Never get married because you think it's time; get married because you've found the right person -- no matter how much time that takes.

One More Hug!

Alisa Schindler | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

I pet his head and kiss him again, knowing it's time to go, wanting to go, but afraid of the day he'll just let me, so we cling to each other a little more.

Follow the Bouncing Balls

Alisa Schindler | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

"Mommy! Get that ball!" My 5-year old calls out as I'm walking out the door holding a coffee in one hand, a water bottle under my arm, my 40-pound pocketbook over my shoulder, two camp knapsacks over the other arm and a bag of dirty clothes for the dry cleaner.

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.

The Moments That Make Me Want to Hit 'Pause'

Carrie Kenny | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

I've accepted all of the milestones and markers that "growing up" bring. I've photographed them, saved them in plastic tubs, rejoiced over some and cried over others. But for some reason, this birthday just hits me harder than most.

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.

The Art of Letting Go

Emily Mendell | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Emily Mendell

Sure, intuitively you realize that the time will come someday when you are compelled to release all that you have held fast to for so many years. Practically, you cannot prepare yourself for how it all goes down.

'Thank Goodness We Have Boys'

Monica Cox | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Monica Cox

My Women's Studies classes were rearing up with a vengeance in my head, but all I managed to get out was that the human body is beautiful, it shouldn't always be shared with the world and that if he ever had any questions about anything he saw that he should come to me or his dad.

3 Things I Will Do to Make Sure My Sons #RespectAllWomen

Dr. G | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Dr. G

How can I raise my boys into men who will never, ever touch someone when they are not wanted? What can I do to make sure that my sons will never be perpetrators? Which decisions can I make so that my boys will look for opportunities to stand as heroes to women, never as threats?

7 Lessons From My Mom: A Mixtape

Kristin Shaw | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

My mother has always had a love of music that is infectious, and my memories of the years I spent at home are punctuated with songs from all eras -- Big Band swing to '80s rock.

My Mom May Be Gone, But She Left Some Amazing Things Behind

Jim Higley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Jim Higley

It was sudden. A load of clothes still in the dryer. A letter in her typewriter still waiting to be finished. And a dentist appointment on the calendar at the exact time hundreds of people ultimately gathered for her funeral.

A Mother's Day Reflection on Raising Good Men

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

This Mother's Day, give yourself and your sons a gift. Find time to talk and listen. Put down the smartphones, turn off the TV, share your insights and get some insight into their world.

Boys Can Be Pretty, Too

Elizabeth Heiselt | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Heiselt

How can I explain this to my boys? My boys who have no problem prancing around in princess dresses? Who would rather be "bunnies" for Halloween than superheroes? How can I break it to them that they might get made fun of, teased to tears if they wear shoes with pink hearts of them?