10 Myths About Moms Raising Sons – Busted

mothering boysAs the mom of two boys, I’d like to think I know at least a little something about raising sons. Experience has taught me that boys are wild and wonderful, loud and daring — and guess what — also tender, and thoughtful.

There was a time when the very notion of raising a son (let alone two) scared the bejeezus out of me. What did I know about boys? I was girl — a girl who thought she’d raise girls. But, raising boys has been so much more than the “fun” people say it is; it’s been the greatest blessing of my life.

There are many myths about being the mother of sons. If we were to believe them, mothering sons would be reduced to registering them for baseball, teaching them how to throw a punch, and saying goodbye forever once they’re grown. But you and I know differently. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most popular myths disguised as facts when it comes to raising sons.

The Real Reason Moms Need Family Vacations

Family vacationsVacations are a relatively new thing for my family. We went nearly a decade without ever taking a single one. Working in a high-pressure corporate environment, I reserved vacation time for sick kids, school holidays, and necessary Monday-through-Friday personal appointments. If you’re not careful, “vacation” time can go pretty quickly without even a single relaxing moment to show for it.

For a long time I told myself I was OK with vacation sacrifice. I even managed to convince my tense muscles and weary psyche that a vacation served as more hassle than reward. I mean, I was so busy at work. Who would do my work while I was gone? Probably no one. Who would be responsible for planning the vacation? Probably me. How much would a family vacation cost? I had no idea.

Dr. Andrea Bonior explored the vacation conundrum in Psychology Today, where she discussed American workers’ hesitancy to take time off from work because they’re simply too busy. “I’m sorry,” she says, “but isn’t being too busy at work the whole reason that these vacation days are needed in the first place? Is this some sort of strange, grin-and-bear-it paradox? Being under too much stress to think about stress relief?”

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7 Ways I’m Helping My Kid Resist Peer Pressure

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Like every parent of an incoming junior-higher, I’m filled with excitement and anxiety for what the future holds for my son. I think about the friendships he’ll form, the rush of his first crush, and the scary and difficult decisions he’ll someday have to make. It’s no secret that the stakes are higher now. He […]

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Parenting Means Catching Vomit in Your Bare Hands … and Other Things

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Oh, Parenting, you wild and wonderful adventure, you. Just when we think we’ve got you all figured out, you remind us we never had a clue. You humble us, poke fun at us and bring us incredible joy. You do these things and so much more, but not a moment before making us all-around better […]

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Please Stop Sexualizing My Son, He’s 11

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My son started junior high today. Yes, junior high, the place where incoming 7th graders begin breaking free from the shackles of childhood to begin the arduous journey of self-discovery. As my boy walked the long walk from the car to the campus, I stopped to consider the many emotions he might experience on his […]

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Kids Can Do Big Things: #CitizenKid

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If you didn’t get a chance to join the #CitizenKid live Google hangout today, I’ve posted it below for your viewing pleasure. It was an honor take part in a roundtable discussion with the moms of Citizen Kids who use their incredible talents to make a positive difference in their communities.

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10 Things Motherhood Isn’t

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Long before we ever became mothers, most of us had a pretty good idea what motherhood was all about. We knew there would be messes, skinned knees, and tantrums. There would be snuggles and perfect moments and giggles. But what most of us didn’t know is that it would be all of these things and […]

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Dear New Mom, There Are Some Things I Want You to Know

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Dear New Mom, If you’re holding your precious new baby in your arms and feeling immeasurably blessed and overwhelmed, you should know that you’re not alone. As a newly initiated member of the motherhood council, you’re likely to have questions. Big, important questions, such as: When are things going to get easier? When will I […]

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Confessions From a Sexless Marriage

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Two months ago, I made a decision that would affect my nether regions in ways unknown: I lounged in a hot tub. I even Instagrammed it. There was no naughty business to be had; it was just me and some Bud Light Raz-ber-itas in a very hot hot tub for like, two hours. I then […]

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21 Things Only SoCal Parents Understand

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Having been born and raised in Southern California and now birthing and raising my own kids in this palm tree-laden paradise, I’ve experienced enough of this golden state to know that we have it pretty good here — at least I think we do. Then again, I’ve never known anything different. I never left this glorious […]

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