I have sons and although they all have very different personalities, there are certain things they have in common because they are boys. I’m not saying that all boys act this way, nor is this limited to only boys. However, I tend to see some “themes” that I believe to be common among the young male population....more
My kids have wanted to play football since they were little boys, and my husband and I have always said no.
We allow them access to every other sport and hobby that they love. They take dance class and play on lacrosse and basketball teams. As a family, we ski and mountain bike. They even take part in a summertime flag football camp, led by a local coach whom I trust.
To say I was a reluctant mother is an understatement, and I love kids. It was fear. Fear of screwing up. Fear of creating dysfunction, fear of dooming my offspring to a lifetime of therapy.My husband was the cheerleader. He wanted to be a father more than anything, and he had no fear. Most important, he was committed to hand’s on fathering. Watching him with others’ children, I had no doubts.Well, OK, then. We traveled, lived it up as a couple for a few years and then, we got pregnant....more
You know that moment when you look over and notice that your 5-year old son has drawn a picture of a monster holding 2 guns along with an army of "minions", also ready to shoot at any enemy in their path... and you are in CHURCH? And that he drew this masterpiece in the coloring book from one of the children's bags that belongs to CHURCH? ...more
I'm not a huge football fan but I have a son that wants to play football when he's older. I'm trying to convince my husband that we need to encourage another sport. (Not that any are perfectly safe, but let's be honest: football is at the top of the list for concussions, and my son's brain is the part I'm most worried about!)So, as usual, I'm going to summarize a medical article so you can get the most important parts:...more
For those of you who read my blog post Legotarian you already know that my son Webster no longer wants to associate himself with pink or anything “girlie,” which absolutely includes princesses. I was therefore a little surprised when he requested to have a Disney’s Frozen party for his 7th birthday....more
Here are my tricks to raising happy boys. I’m sure these trick could work for girls too, but since I have boys, I am writing about boys.Get them plenty of fresh air. A walk, cycle, or a picnic are all good, just get them outdoors. My personal favourite thing to do with my boys outside is to walk in botanical gardens. I love trees....more
Easter is less than a month away, which means it's time to shop! Every year, I got a new Easter dress and sometimes even a matching purse. A few times, I rocked an awesome hat. I am the lucky mother to two amazing little boys. I love to dress them up nicely on Easter (and other holidays, really). As they've aged out of baby and toddler clothes, I find myself cringing every year I have to find something for them to wear. Why? I get pretty peeved that little girls have eleventy billion dresses to choose from and we get two shirts in four colors, a tie, and a hat. Sigh.
My husband is from Alabama, where football is the sport of choice. He wants our son to play football but I don't. The more I read about it, the worse I feel just thinking about him playing in elementary school!And then I run across this new study:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/272770.php...more