Summer Saturday and Strep Throat

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It’s been been one of those weekends around here… It was going to be a crazy weekend, no matter what. Boy #2 is playing in a baseball tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our church also has a lot going on: Sunday service, all-church breakfast, member pictures, and youth group. Which I was supposed to be […]

Real Life With Boys: Just Add Water

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If you look closely, you might notice the corner of our sandbox about midway up along the left side of the photo, near my son’s hand. Yes, you guessed it: This major excavation project did not take place in our sandbox, but rather right next to it. We’ve had a good-sized sandbox for years. In […]

Real Life With Real Boys

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Photo by Hans S via Flickr Today, I was the expert, at least for an hour. I presented a one-hour session about Homeschooling Boys at the Wisconsin Parents Association conference. It was a great experience, as always. (I love talking to other parents about the joys and challenges of raising boys!) But it was also […]

Snapshot Sunday: Summer Snow

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Want to know what happens next? Visit me on Facebook. Tell me you came from Blogging ‘Bout Boys and you’ll get to see the whole, glorious, messy scene.

You Know You Have Boys When…

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…your child points to a fading wound on his abdomen and asks, “Will that make a scar?” — and pumps his fist with glee when you respond yes.

The Definition of Futile

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According to dictionary.com, futile means having no useful result. Like, say, vacuuming your living room only to discover a flood in your kitchen? Life with four boys is anything but neat. Interesting, chaotic, loud, exciting, annoying and invigorating, but not neat. And for the most part, I’m OK with that. For the most part, I’m […]

The Nanny Question

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Here in small town middle-America, nannies are pretty rare. Babysitters? Check. Daycare providers? Check. Nannies? Cue the crickets. Never mind, though. According to Dr. Dennis Friedman, any woman who outsources the care of her son to another woman may be putting him at risk of future infidelity. Dr. Friedman is the author of, The Unsolicited […]

Before the Boys

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Before my boys… I’d never watched an entire Star Wars movie I couldn’t pronounce the names of most dinosaurs, much less identify them I’d never wielded a power tool I had no idea that the 1927 Yankees were the best baseball team ever I’d never participated in a lightsaber duel I didn’t know what a […]

Compliments

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“You have such nice boys.” We spent the day with extended family — many of whom we haven’t seen a long time — and by and large, almost everyone had something good to say about my boys. “Your boys are so well-behaved.” Now I realize that my relatives may have been making nice. And I’m […]

Let Them Be Little

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It was a beautiful day outside today, so the boys and biked to a local nature trail about a mile from the house. We had a great time in the woods, but the ride home took FOREVER — mostly because Boy #4 was in no particular hurry and kept weaving his bike from side to […]