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Raising Sons

Build Confidence in Kids? Ditch the Manual

Laura Fitzgerald Cooper | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Laura Fitzgerald Cooper

Here in the House of Sons, we have our standards. You can't, for example, use your brother's toothbrush without first rinsing off his toothpaste spit.

31 Things Your Kids Should Be Able to Do Before They Move Out

Emily Mendell | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Emily Mendell

Since we grownups have a bucket list of things we must do before we kick the bucket, our kids have a bubble list of things they must do before they leave the bubble of our home and our protection.

The Hobby I Just Can't Bring Myself To Discourage

Allison Tate | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Allison Tate

I won't chide him for the rocks in his pockets. I can't. Instead, I have decided to see the rocks that tumble out of my dryer each day as small symbols of the abundance in my life.

My Son, the Rocket Scientist

Les Trent | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Les Trent

I have the fears of any parent, most especially, of course, of war. But being a child of a career Army man who served in Vietnam, I have other concerns.

Is It My Responsibility To Make My Son 'Cool'?

Joanna Schroeder | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Joanna Schroeder

This isn't for me, I don't care if he's cool. I'll love every cell of him forever, endlessly, every second, regardless of what he chooses to do with his life. But there are times when it's just easier to be a cool guy.

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.

What My Son Might Not Remember -- But I'll Never Forget

Kristin Shaw | Posted 03.09.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Will he remember falling off his new bike in the first five minutes that he tried it? Will he remember that I cajoled him back on the bike and helped him gain his confidence back until he could do it by himself? The reality is that he might not. But I will.

I'm Learning To Be A Boy Mom

Kim Simon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

We will learn together, my boys and I. We will meet in the middle, learning to take care of the people around us, while living out loud in a rush of adrenaline.

I Have The Freedom I Longed For -- Now What Do I Do?

Jon Reiner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Jon Reiner

I have the independence parents jones for, the freedom I fleetingly imagined while crossing against speeding traffic on that 18-minute sprint. I've been liberated. It's boundless, new and strange, and I'm completely adrift.

Moms, Sports Have Their Benefits!

Anjali Varma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Anjali Varma

Although it has taken time for me to adjust to a world of 24-7 sports, I have realized that there are many educational, physical and emotional benefits to my children's love of sports.

5 Lessons From a Truck Driver

Susan Pace | Posted 12.28.2013 | Parents
Susan Pace

I envisioned MIT and a mechanical engineering degree by 21 for my son. Instead, he has chosen to get his commercial driver's license and is a long-distance truck driver who can take a diesel engine apart and put it back together again with his eyes closed.

What I Hope My Kids Will Mean To Each Other... One Day

Allison Tate | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

These boys don't often cough up love for one another, but when I catch these fleeting gestures -- one boy calls, the other answers -- I feel the strings pull taut. I think that maybe, just maybe, I've managed to give them a family.

How I Finally Stopped Spoiling My Kids

LearnVest | Posted 11.22.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

The best advice I can share with other moms is this: Don't give in to guilt. Your kids won't love you less because you refused to buy them the latest video game. If anything, they'll love you more when they see you as the strong and financially capable woman who keeps a roof over their heads.

What I Want My Son To Know About Women

Nate Pyle | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Nate Pyle

If you truly love a person, do not reduce them to an object. The moment you objectify another human -- woman or man, you give up your humanity.

We Need To Parent Our Sons AND Our Daughters

Mike Julianelle | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Here's the thing: It's not up to women to protect men from themselves. And it's certainly not The Teenage Girl's responsibility to help teenage boys, or college guys, or middle-aged men, control their basest instincts.

#BraveGirlsWant to End Stereotypes, But What They NEED Is YOU

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Soraya Chemaly

The past few years have seen a massive groundswell in activism focused on challenging stereotypes and addressing media inequities. The newest venture is the Brave Girls Alliance. The Alliance is determined to raise awareness of both issues and encourage people to use the power of their voices and pocketbooks.

How My Son's Sleepaway Camp Helped Me Grow Up

Leslie Rasmussen | Posted 09.22.2013 | Parents
Leslie Rasmussen

Didn't I want my little boy to become a young man? I was so busy raising him that I never stopped to think about the day he was grown up and leaving for college.

How Moms Can Lead their Sons into Good, Honorable Manhood

Tim Wright | Posted 09.09.2013 | Parents
Tim Wright

At some point around puberty, your son will need to distance himself from you, as my wife experienced. This is going to be extremely hard on you.

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.

WATCH: How Moms Inadvertently Sabotage Their Sons

OWN | Posted 05.15.2013 | OWN

Single moms raising sons are in the unique position of trying to be both mother and father to their boys. This is certainly the case for Tara, a singl...

What Parents Of Little Kids Need To Admit To Themselves

Steve Wiens | Posted 09.06.2013 | Parents
Steve Wiens

There are many moments when I have no idea how I'm going to make it until their bedtime. The constant demands, the needs and the fighting are fingernails across the chalkboard every single day.

How This Mom Of Teenage Boys Was Finally Able To Swallow Her Fears

Felice Shapiro | Posted 07.03.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

After my second son was born, had there been a parenting course about how to raise boys, I would have signed on. I was out of my comfort zone.

Riding In Cars With Boys

Gigi Ross | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Gigi Ross

I think about the next female that might look over at him in a car. A faceless girlfriend. He is too adorable for words, with his dimples, endless brown eyes and that shaggy surfer hair that curls just right. He is no longer the fat baby who hated being in his car seat.

Root, Root, Root for The Home Team

Carissa K | Posted 06.01.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

We give our children our roots to take hold, but they grow in their own direction. Because that's what parenthood is all about... teaching your child how to feel strongly about something, love something, have passion about it and celebrate it.

4 Things Every Mom of Boys Must Do

Kim Simon | Posted 05.18.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

It doesn't matter if your boy is 4 or 14 or 24. Start now.