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"Mothers and Sons

12 Wishes For My Baby Son At His First Christmas

Maria Ross | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Maria Ross

As I ponder what this new year and future years will bring with this new tiny person in my life, here is a letter to my son who right now can't even say "Mama," but who I hope will have a lot to say and do in this world.

And Just Like That, My Kid Surprised Me Again

Caren Chesler | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Caren Chesler

As she introduced me, I took a seat on the floor in the front of the room with my guitar. My son grabbed his guitar and sat down next to me, so close that our guitars banged into each other. I moved a couple of inches away from him to give myself some room, but he inched toward me.

9 Truths 'Moms of Boys Only' Need To Know

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 12.16.2014 | 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.

Police and Black Men Are At War, And The Two Men I Love Are On The Battlefield

Jennifer Borget | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Borget

My husband always has the option of changing careers. My son can never change who he is. But my son and other black boys need allies in uniform to protect him. Allies like his father.

Chasing the Proverbial Rabbit's Foot

Wendy Francis | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Wendy Francis

"Nicholas, did you do this?" I exclaimed. He smiled and nodded. "It's fantastic! I love it. This part looks like the Empire State Building," I said, perhaps a little too eagerly. He peered at it closely, then shrugged. "Maybe."

Hold My Hand A Little Longer

Susannah Lewis | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

Will this sweet boy who often rests his blonde head on my shoulder someday shut me out? Will the very sight of my face and the sound of my voice make his stomach churn? Will we become strangers? Will the teenage version of my son despise me?

Liberal, Well-Meaning Mom Blows It When Her Son Comes Out -- But Then She Feels Blessed

Susan Oren | Posted 12.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Susan Oren

Here was the ultimate mom test. Was I the real deal? At this crucial moment, probably the most important one of my life, my mind had shut down, and I'd lost my voice. I'd expected to perform much better. This had been a D-minus at best.

A Message For My Little Boy Who Likes To Wear Tutus

Kate Gribble | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Kate Gribble

I have a little boy... A little boy who likes to wear tutus. A little boy who likes to dance. A little boy who loves to paint and a little boy who hums happy tunes all day long.

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.

5 Ways My Second Kid Is Getting Less (And That's OK)

Meredith Hale | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

I'm constantly witnessing ways in which my toddler son is getting less than his older sister did. And yet, despite the outward appearance of deprivation, I'm discovering that the things he's missing aren't as important as I thought.

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.

The Weight of Motherhood

Kristin Shaw | Posted 11.24.2014 | 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 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.

Why I Want My Sons To See Me Naked

Rita Templeton | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Rita Templeton

I've never refrained from changing clothes in front of them, or leaving the door open when I shower, or nursing babies without a cover. Because I want them to see what a real female body looks like.

What I Will Teach My Boys

Brain, Child | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Brain, Child

I can teach my boys to be safe. Safe with themselves, safe with their bodies, safe with others and their bodies. I will teach my boys that they are not entitled, that they are not owed, that they have the power to wait. To stop. To save.

Does Motherhood Ever Become Obsolete?

Mindy Trotta | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Mindy Trotta

I'm not quite sure who first used the metaphor "nest" to refer to one's home, but that wise soul was really spot on. We'd often come across nests poki...

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

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 10.25.2014 | 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.

Why Having An 'Only' Suits Me Just Fine

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel

Out of the blue last weekend, apropos of basically nothing I could immediately ascertain, my 7-year-old announced that he wanted a brother.

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

5 Lessons I've Learned Raising A Boy

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I am the mother of one high-energy, animated, car-obsessed 5-year-old boy. While he is the center of my universe, he has, at times, left me wanting to pull my hair out.

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.

Dear Single Mom: Listen, I Was Your Son, I Get It

John McElhenney | Posted 09.27.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

I know it's hard to be a single mom. Though I've never been one, I have been the son of a single mom. We went through an awful divorce (their divorc...

I Struggled to Bond With My Second Son

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Grete DeAngelo

I have two sons, but because of circumstances surrounding their births, the bonding process felt instant and natural with my first child, but came much later with the second.

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.

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.