The Inevitable Heartbreak of Mothering Boys

“I just turned 40, if I’m going to do this again I have to do it soon!” my friend, a first-time mom said about gearing up for a second pregnancy while nursing her 4-month-old son. “I know what you mean,” I quipped, “I’m not far behind you.” “Would you want a girl?” she asked. “I […]

25 Rules for Mothers of Sons

Raising a good man is one of the most important jobs in the world, and mamas, I know you take it seriously. I take it pretty seriously too. With 11 and 6-year-old sons I think a lot about the young men my boys are poised to become. Will they be good men? How will they […]

10 Things I Hope My Sons Never Do

Kids mess up. It’s kind of their job. And they do it well. It’s our job as parents to love our kids when they screw up, teach them right from wrong, and ultimately serve as an example of righteousness…or so I read somewhere. As a mom I’ll love my kids no matter what they do, […]

9 Things I Hope My Sons are Brave Enough to Do

On Halloween night, after a particularly frightening walk up our neighbor’s spookified porch, my 5-year-old son proclaimed, “Mommy, I can’t wait to be bigger because when you’re bigger you’re brave.” Brave. Huh. I can think of a lot of things adulthood has given me – cynicism, perspective, wisdom, experience…but just as I suspected, no bravery. […]

The Little Things That Will Someday Make Big Men

 take my responsibility as the mom of boys pretty seriously. I want to raise young men who respect women, possess the ability to cry (albeit not too much), and know how to keep a respectable home. It’s not that we’re practicing man drills or anything like that, but there are little things I’m teaching and […]

8 Things You Should Never Say to a MOB (Mom of Boys)

Seriously, what’s wrong with people? As a member of the MOB (Mom of Boys) club, I hear variations of these 8 obnoxious phrases all the time.