Frozen

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

Happy Boys!

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

It's Time to Buy the Kids Easter Outfits! But Where Are All the Boys' Clothes?

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. ...more
We are doing the Target Shaun White collection this year. We don't dress up in suits but I like ...more

Warning: If your son (or daughter) plays football

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

Single Mom: You are not the Father & That's Okay

This post is dedicated to single mothers who are currently raising or are preparing to raise young boys. ...more

New findings on the brain may explain why girls' mature faster

New research from Newcastle University shows that the process of re-organzing our brains' connections happens earlier in girls. This may explain why girls mature faster during their teen years compared to boys.Once we're born, our brain starts pruning its connections in order to become streamlined. Despite the fact that some connections are lost during pruning, it's actually a good thing. It keeps the important connections to enhance the brain's network of information....more

Raising Boys: The Loudest Mess

I always wanted girls.  It’s something I’ve written about before, thought about constantly before we had our fist boy, and have just assumed would be a reality from the time I knew I wanted children.  When I had one son, and then two, people began asking me if I would keep trying for a girl.  Complete strangers, even.  It seems that mothers are supposed to want girls because, well, it’s the mother-daughter ideal we all carry around with us....more
I am a mom of three loud, dirty, monster truck racing, fort building, lego loosing boys.  And I, ...more

The Confines of Colors and Masculine Roles

This is the snake N picked out at the zoo last month, resting snugly in the jack-o-lantern bucket N picked out for Halloween:...more

To Protect Our Sons, We Must Destroy Their Innocence: Raising Sons in a Rape Culture World

Do you remember having ‘the talk’ with your parents? “When a mommy and daddy love each other very much they give each other a special kind of hug and….” We all know how the rest of that old tale goes. Families vary it -- some add detail, some get by on euphemisms, some tell the whole thing like an allegory leaving kids lost somewhere between terrified and befuddled -- but for the most part, all parents give the same sex talk to prepare their kids for what is to come. But that was before we understood we lived in a rape culture. ...more
If you are abusing your children, then your children should be taken from you as you are ...more

How I Let My Boys Play: Physical Play Is Not Wrong

She saw danger. She saw inappropriate behavior. She saw sticks pointed and park mulch flying at faces. She saw equipment being played with "the wrong way." Worst of all, she saw a mother on a cell phone not interceding. So she huffed up to me. I put down my cell phone. "They are playing with those really big sticks and throwing them at each other's faces," she announced. I asked, standing up, "Is the boy they are playing with your son? Would you like us to go talk to them?" ...more
I have an active, physical little boy (just 4 now) who wants to wrestle, play swords, zombies, ...more