Tips for Raising Boys When Dad Isn’t Around Much

My boys are fortunate to have an amazing dad. I can’t begin to imagine how tough it would be to be a mom who is raising boys by herself.  If there’s one thing a mom wants for her boy, it is to have a decent male role model in his life. However, one may be tough to find if dad isn’t around. Today we are sharing tips for raising boys when dad isn’t around much.  If you are raising your boy(s) alone, I’d love to hear your tips in the comments. Tips for Raising Boys When Dad Isn’t Around Much My only experience with my husband being gone, was a 1 year work assignment in another state.  And it was HARD! But I know that it was not nearly as hard as what some moms face every day.  I asked the Moms of Boys Facebook Community to tell me their best tips for raising boys when dad isn’t around much. A few moms shared some awesome advice that everyone can learn from. I also threw in a few extra tips at the end from experience I gained while my husband was away. Remember that some dads are away due to work and others have made the choice, I think it’s important to separate the two. The challenges that come from both are definitely different. […]

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“Boys Will Be Boys” and That Is Okay

Every night after I  wrestle the last of my 4 boys into bed, my house is strangely quiet.  It is always a stark contrast to just a few minutes before, when my house was  filled with laughter, wrestling, and silliness. But that is a typical day in the life of raising boys. I have found that “Boys Will Be Boys” definitely applies to my four boys at times and I am exhausted! Boys Will Be Boys, and That’s Okay My boys are really great kids.  They are motivated and creative.  They do well at school and make friends easily.  They are also respectful to adults and treat people with kindness.  But they are boys and it is in their nature to be a bit rough and loud.   I have always had mixed feelings about the term, “Boys will be boys.”  Sometimes I feel that it implies that boys can’t learn manners or respect for others and that they are creatures who only act out of impulse, which I know isn’t the case just from watching my own sons and it should never be used to justify bad behavior.   But, I also can’t help but see that phrase in a positive light.  “Boys will be boys” implies that boys are a little rough around the edges (aren’t we all?) and that they are full of energy. (Is that bad?)  I have found through personal experience that, regardless of what society thinks, “boys WILL be boys” and that is okay. […]

Got Boys? 10 Must-Read Posts from The Joys of Boys

It’s a new year and that means it’s time for me to look back on the previous year and see what our most popular posts were.  I’m always curious to see what readers like you enjoy the most or are looking for and this year brought a few surprises to our top 10 and a few tried and true posts that have been hanging out in the top 10 for a few years.  So let’s get to it! The Joys of Boys Top 10 Posts of 2015 I love that there is a lot of variety in the top 10 this year.  We have crafts, activities, parenting articles and even travel posts (because you know we LOVE to travel around here!) […]

10 Assumptions We Should Stop Making About Boys

One of the things I have learned from raising 4 boys is that each child comes into this world as a completely unique person with their own personality and interests.  But, I have found that there are several generalizations and assumptions that people make of boys.  Today I want to share 10 Assumptions We Should Stop Making About Boys. 10 Assumptions We Should Stop Making About Boys My boys are as different as they could possibly be.  I have boys who are reserved, and a boy who lives for attention and makes friends with everyone.  I have boys who are athletic and a boy who would rather read. I have seen that even within the same family, kids are born with unique identities and we need to stop assuming that all boys are the same.   […]

The Simplest Way to Remove Urine Stains from a Mattress

I’ll be honest.  I was SO sceptical when I came across this simple way to remove stains from a mattress.  Unfortunately my “sleep-walking/peeing” toddler made it so I needed to go out searching for this information and when I found this, it seemed too good to be true. How to Remove Urine Stains from a Mattress […]

Guidelines For Appropriate Use of Video Games

Boys tend to love gaming, but is playing video games affecting their motivation and social skills?  Here are some guidelines for appropriate use of video games. Boys and Video Games We live in a world of technology.  There is no escaping the fact that technology is everywhere and for our children, that means video games are everywhere.  There has been a lot of debate lately on the effects of video games on our children and whether or not we should have technology limits and guidelines that our kids need to follow. It seems as though everyone has an opinion on what is best. Several recent studies have shown that video games are helping to drive a growing epidemic of unmotivated boys and that there is a correlation between the amount of time spent playing video games and poor school performance. […]

Free Printable Chore Charts for Boys

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Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids

One or our responsibilities as parents is to raise our children to be responsible, successful adults. Part of that responsibility is teaching our kids how to do household chores.  I’ve thought about the things I am trying to teach my boys (yes “trying”, it’s not always easy!) and here is my list of age-appropriate chores for kids. Age-Appropriate Chores For Kids Before I am ready, my boys will be packing their bags and heading out to face the world on their own. And while I can’t even think about it right now without wanting to cry, I know that part of our responsibility as parents is to get them ready to leave the house.  In order to be ready to leave, they have to know how to DO THINGS!  My boys still see chores as torture, but really, they are learning valuable life skills that will help them to be succesful.  I start my boys with chores when they are really young doing simple things, and add to those responsibilities as they get older.  My list of age-appropriate chores for kids is below. […]

When Kids Fight: Tips to Reduce Fighting In Your Home

I’m pretty positive that we have all experienced some sort of fighting or contention in our homes at one time or another.  If not, please tell me your secret!  I recently wrote about ways we can reduce sibling rivalry in our homes, but sometimes fighting still continues.  Here are some guidelines on what you should do when you have fighting kids. When Kids Fight: Tips to Reduce Fighting In Your Home I wish I could tell you that I’ve got this whole fighting things figured out and that my boys are perfect gentlemen at all times and always treat each other with love and respect.  Well, unfortunately that doesn’t happen.  They are great kids, but arguments break out over silly things. […]

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