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Healthy Competition Not So Healthy In Siblings?

Alisa Schindler | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.25.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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 10.17.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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 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.

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

Monica Wyche | Posted 10.09.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 09.29.2014 | 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 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.

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?!"

The Final Adventure of Nicky, the Skunk and the Dinosaur

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

Most of the time, I stayed for a quick story and was glad I did. But now I look back and miss the Skunk and the Dinosaur, and I kick myself for not fully appreciating the stories at the time.

You Say Middle, I Say Center

Alisa Schindler | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

I wanted to protect him, but the more I focused on him, the more he fought it off. It was like he already had a shield of armor around his heart, which pretty much broke mine. I thought I had sealed his fate and he was punishing me.

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.

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.

6 Road-Tested Tips For Summer Travel With Boys

Liesl Testwuide | Posted 08.09.2014 | 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 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.

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.