My Best Advice for New Mothers from a Mom of Four Boys

Motherhood is one of those jobs that you can never be fully prepared for. You can read every parenting book out there, take every prenatal class available to you, and still, when your first baby is placed in your arms, all of that knowledge goes out the window.  Everything you learn will be based on-the-job experience but today I am partnering with Luvs at Walmart to share my best advice for new mothers, based on my 15 years of raising my boys. Advice for New Mothers […]

10 Ways to Bond With Your Son

Building a strong relationship with our children is so important.  Here are 10 ways to bond with your son that will help you stay close as he gets older. 10 Ways to Bond With Your Son It has been over 14 years since I became a mom of boys. When I only had one or maybe two boys, spending time bonding with them individually wasn’t that difficult.  But now that we have added two more to the family, I really have to make a conscious effort to nurture my relationship with each of my boys in a way that is individualized to them because they are each so different.  Here are 10 ways to bond with your son as well as ways that moms in my Moms of Boys community are finding to bond with their sons.  […]

Things Moms of ALL Boys Want You To Know

I’ve been an all-boy mom now for over 14 years and now that my youngest son is going on 6 years old, it is very clear to me and should be pretty clear to those who know me, that 4 kids was and is my limit! Done! Enough is enough. Baby factory is closed. But here’s the thing. Because all of my kids happen to be the same gender, (4 boys!) and that gender is different than MY gender, people just can’t wrap their head around the idea that I am completely content being a forever “boymom” and that I’m not planning on having more kids. I could write a book about some of the inconsiderate , rude,  silly things people have said to me regarding my family. Maybe I WILL get around to writing that book someday when my days are no longer spent sniffing out strange smells in bedrooms and cleaning urine off the bathroom ceiling. (kidding…kind of). But for now, here are some things that us moms of all boys want you to know. […]

The Ultimate List of Mother and Son Date Ideas

They say “don’t blink”. I don’t know who “they” are, but I’m starting to understand what they are saying. Each day I blink and then my baby starts kindergarten. Or I blink and my oldest is taller than I am. Next time I blink he might be heading out on his first date. And I’ll be stuck at home longing for the days when he was my special date and we went on adventures together. Since we can’t stop time, we can make the most of the time we have. These Mother and Son Date Ideas are the perfect and easy way for moms to build an unbreakable bond with their son.   Mother and Son Date Ideas One thing that I have noticed in raising my 4 boys is that they crave, CRAVE one-on-one attention.  They want to have time with just mom or dad and not the entire family. A Mother and Son date night doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. We have a large family (by today’s standards) and it can be hard to have time for each of my boys individually but these Mother and Son Date Ideas will get your brainstorming process started. Mom and Son Date Ideas […]

Tips for Spending One-on-One Time with Your Son

Whether you have multiple sons or one son, finding time to spend alone with them is hard.  I love these tips for spending one-on-one time with your son! Tips for Spending One-on-One Time with Your Son The days are so busy! I made a commitment early on to try to find time to spend alone with our kids, no matter what and my boys love having time alone with just mom. There are so many things we learn from each other when we are alone. I have always wanted them to feel special and to experience that special time with me. I asked the moms of our Moms of Boys Community how they spend one-one-one time with their son(s) and they delivered. I loved the responses they gave! […]

Tricks that WORK to Get Kids to STOP Whining

Whining is the worst! However, if you have kids, you will have to listen to whining from time to time. While it’s never fun, it’s just part of the role of parenting. Although I have raised four boys and mine are getting older, I have used a few of these tricks that WORK to get kids to stop whining. Get Kids to Stop Whining I have some of my own tips for handling whining with boys, but so do the mamas from my Moms of Boys Facebook Community.  I asked them for their best tips and many shared their advice on how to get kids to stop whining. Here is what they had to say: […]

Mom of ALL Boys BINGO

Are you a mom of all boys?  What is the craziest thing someone has said to you? See if you can get BINGO with our Mom of ALL Boys BINGO card below. Mom of ALL Boys BINGO I remember when I found out I was having my first boy. I had known, or at least felt very strongly, that I was having a boy. It just felt right, and everyone was thrilled when the ultrasound confirmed it. […]

15 Things I Want My Son To Know Before Starting Middle School

The day finally came and I wasn’t ready.  My oldest “graduated” from 5th Grade and will be moved on to Middle School.  Middle school!  Those awkward, confusing, trying-to-find-out-who-I-am years of Middle School.  I remember those years too vividly and it was not all good.  So as my son started this new chapter in his life and I learned to navigate my new role as a middle-school mom, here are 15 Things I Wanted My Son To Know Before Starting Middle School.  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail […]

Resources to Help Treat Anxiety in Children

Things were great at school, until one day things changed. In the middle of 2nd grade, my straight-A, brilliant little boy started begging me not to send him to school. Begging, pleading, crying, sobbing…It was heartbreaking.  He had always loved school and had done really well.  But I found myself in a situation that I had no idea how to fix.  He was suddenly struggling with anxiety and I just wanted him to feel better. As parents, we fix things and there are few things as heartbreaking to a parent as watching your child struggle with something that you can’t fix! 1 in 8 children experience some sort of anxiety disorder while they are young.  Luckily, there are several resources that are designed to help treat anxiety in children. Treat Anxiety in Children If you have an anxious child, then you know about the constant worry that comes with nearly every situation.  “What if I miss the bus?” “What if I don’t hear my alarm clock in the morning?” “What if I don’t have someone to sit by at lunch?” “What if I get sick?” What if…what if…what if….   […]

The Best Thing About Raising a Boy

After having four boys, I’ve learned to accept the fact that this life will be crazy…and…awesome…and a bit more crazy. Raising boys can be an incredible experience and one thing that I’ve learned is that boys absolutely love their mama! The Best Thing About Raising a Boy is… My boys adore me and that is the best feeling ever. Of course, the fact that they love their mom isn’t the only great thing about raising a boy.   I asked my Moms of Boys Community to share what they think the best thing about raising a boy is and I love their answers! The Best Thing About Raising a Boy is… […]

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