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Raising Sons

Why Eighth Grade Boys Are The Best

Jessica Wolf | Posted 06.27.2014 | 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.

6 Road-Tested Tips For Summer Travel With Boys

Liesl Testwuide | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Liesl Testwuide

My middle son is the Recorder. He records unusual sightings, like a bear peeing or a running cantaloupe (turned out to be an antelope.) He's responsible for writing down shopping lists, fast food orders and game scores. His creative abbreviations like J.C. (just ketchup) keep us laughing.

'Thank Goodness We Have Boys'

Monica Cox | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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.

What I Learned When I Ran A 5K With My Son

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

There is fast and there is kind, and today my son was both. Just not at the same time.

Nobody Gets to Tell My Sons What It Means to Be a Man

Amelia | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Amelia

I think my husband is doing a great job of teaching them what it means to be a man. My sons learn from him that men are strong, smart, silly and creative. But what am I teaching our sons about what it means to be a woman? My sons learn from me that women are strong, smart, silly and creative.

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.

Raising a Romantic Son

Liz Dow | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Dow

The thing I am most proud of is nurturing my son's sense of romance. I like to think that his kindness toward others, curiosity about people, respect for differences, creativity in his work and play and confidence about what is possible for himself and others evolved from this perspective.

The Great List of Things I Can't Do Because I Only Have Sons

Luckymothersofboys | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Luckymothersofboys

It is cool for girls to like Spider Man. It is trendy for them to wear blue. Parents love watching girls try out for traditionally male sports. But, while I don't think it is right, there seems to be a short list of activities for my boys that, as yet, are not so socially acceptable.

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?

Lessons for Mom From the Tee-Ball Dugout

Sarah Smiley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

You drew the bat to your shoulder again, ready for the real thing. Please just let him get on first, I thought. It will mean the world to him.

Survivor: Spring Break Edition

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Christy Heitger-Ewing

I remember bursting with excitement to get a break from boring homework, cranky teachers, chaotic classrooms and sticky cafeteria floors. Those were glorious days because I was a kid. Now that I'm an adult, spring break looks a whole lot different.

Build Confidence in Kids? Ditch the Manual

Laura Fitzgerald Cooper | Posted 05.25.2014 | 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.