36 Things No One Tells You About Parenting an Almost-Teenage Boy

When my eldest son made me a mom, I had no idea what I was doing. I’d never diapered a baby before, or fed one, or really even held one for any notable length of time. Having a baby and not a clue was scary. I spent a lot of time researching and worrying, wondering and […]

10 Myths About Moms Raising Sons – Busted

As 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 […]

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 […]

Benefits of Raising a Mama’s Boy

I guess you could say I have a mama’s boy in my 6-year-old son. Currently reigning as the queen of his heart, you can bet I’m soaking up all the love and attention (while secretly hoping it lasts forever). “Be careful, you don’t want to raise a mama’s boy!”, people warn in that joking-but-not-joking sort […]

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 […]

20 Things to Say to Your Son Before He’s Grown

The older Boy Wonder becomes, the more I play the numbers game – trying to convince myself that we have more time together than we really do. I know his growing up and leaving the nest isn’t the end of our relationship, but in a lot of ways, it marks the end of a comfortable […]

20 Signs You’re Raising a Mama’s Boy

My Dearest Fellow Boy Mama, I don’t have to tell you how special the bond between mother and son can be. The addictive high that comes from being the greatest love of your boy’s life is good. So good. Too good. I have two sons–double the pleasure, double the gross, double the injury, and double […]