I Failed at My Summer To-Do List, and I Couldn't Be Happier

Summer vacation is gone. Like, seriously. Gone. I remember in May, before summer even started, I wrote out my daily schedule that I was planning to have throughout summer, along with what all I would accomplish both personally and with my kids. ...more

A Letter to Boys 1 and 2...

Dear Boys 1 and 2We've "successfully" reached the 6 week mark of the summer holidays…3 more to go and so far we are all largely unscathed.  However, I thought I would just make a few observations which could help the last 3 weeks go even more smoothly (if "smoothly" is the most appropriate adverb)  than the last 6 weeks....more

Stop Feminizing Your Sons! Masculine Boys Can Grow Up To Be Good Men Too.

I am a mother of two boys under the age of five.  I knew my life with boys would consist of non stop excitement with:  lifted toilet seats, play wresting, rowdy noises, playing with sticks and dirt, climbing trees, collections of trucks and cars, and the restless that the typical boy displays. My boys are a crazy bunch and although I don’t agree with their rowdiness, their obsession with cars, and their occasional “Woof Woof” chants, I learn to accept that these types of habits is what makes them masculine boys...more

Boy Clothes are the Worst, But there's Hope!

When I was pregnant with Honeybun, I amassed quite of collection of gender neutral baby clothes since we choose not to find out our baby's genders before they are born.  But a few weeks before her arrival, I decided to go buy one special boy outfit and one special girl outfit for the baby to have when s/he met his/her family those first few days.  I hadn't done much clothes shopping myself before that (I had very generous friends and family) and I remember walking through the store, browsing the baby section and thinking "It has to be a girl, it has to!...more

Puberty and Boys

As a single mom of a pre-teen, I have a ridiculous amount of anxiety about puberty and how to explain it to him.  I have no clue where to start, what to say and the first time that he wakes up with "morning wood," I think I may just pass the hell out.  No lie!Being the resourceful woman who I am, I had to start researching what to expect, what to say and how to handle the entire situation.  Here are a few of my findings....more

5 Things Only Parents Of Boys Will Understand

Catchy title, huh? I have no idea what it is like to raise girls. Who knows, maybe they really are easier until the teen years like everyone tells me. Or maybe girls are exactly the same level of absurdity that boys are....more

Dear Girl Who Likes My Son

I’m sure you are a nice girl. You better be. I will admit, however, that watching you actively pursue my baby has made me hate you a little. You’re both only thirteen; what’s the rush? But if you insist on crushing on my kid, take my advice....more

The Joys of Raising Middle School Boys

Oh, the joys of motherhood. Watching your children grow, relishing every milestone and taking pride in their accomplishments. Knowing that you are doing your best to raise them to be independent, kind-hearted, strong adults and occasionally having the thought of "Damn, I am NAILING this parenting thing" makes you swell with pride. Then they do something that makes you certain that people are going to think this child isbeing raised by mental patients.  ...more

Oh Boys.....

So today I decided it would be a bit of a spring cleaning Sunday (which was one of my more stupid ideas) and I needed to start with my son's room hands down.  Of course I tell my kids clean your room, clean your room, holy hell clean your room but a kids version of cleaning a room quite differs from an actual cleaning.  Add to that the kid being a boy and we are talking about a parallel universe where disgusting is the standard way of life....more

Advice To My Son...

My husband and I are new to parenting. Although our son was born over seven months ago, everyday is a challenge. On most days, when I wake up a few times between midnight and 5:00am for diaper changes and feedings, I have to try extra hard to remind myself that sleepless nights will pass. Soon, I will be a morning person again and wake up with a tremendous amount of energy to tackle the day's chores. I have to try extra hard to remind myself that one day I will miss waking up to my son's giggles; to see him waiting impatiently for me to pick him up and cover him with kisses....more