Buying For Boys: Stress-Free Gift Shopping Tips

For some reason, there’s an assumption that buying  a gift for a boy is harder than shopping for girls. If you have sons or you’re buying for your godson or nephew, shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some tips to help you buy brilliant gifts for the boys in your life. Active adventures […]

Best STEM Gifts for Boys (& Girls!)

Maybe your kid loves science or math. Or maybe you really want to ramp up his interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). What a great holiday gift, right? Let me tell you a little secret about boys. They love to learn—until you tell them that’s what they’re doing. So don’t tell them. Kids […]

Remembering the Children

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My boys, thank God, do not fully understand war. To them, war is battles and weapons, strategy and excitement. They do not know the smell of death or sounds of ordinance. They know war from a distance only — on TV and safely tucked in the pages of books — and for that, I am […]

Mommy Wars? What Mommy Wars?

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Flickr photo by Praziquantel Enough already. Enough of the conversations about who’s Mom enough. Enough of stay-at-home vs. work-out-of-the-home moms. Enough attachment parenting vs. Tiger mothering vs. Bringing up Bebe. Enough! Elizabeth at Clarity in the Chaos wrote a fabulous blog post today that touches on those subjects exactly. Life is hard, she says: For […]

Get Ready for Veteran’s Day

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I know it’s not even Halloween, but Veteran’s Day (November 11) is fast approaching. Want to mark the day in a meaninful manner? Check out my blog post, Honoring Our Vets, at The Homeschool Classroom.

Mother’s Day for Moms of Boys

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  I got this card in the mail  — from a Mom friend who really gets it. Inside the card, it reads “Raising boys — now THAT’S an extreme sport!” Happy Mother’s Day to my fellow Moms of boys!


The turkey is in the brine, the pies are on the front porch and my sister, thankfully, is bringing the potatoes. My home is not clean; it’s presentable. The boys helped me vacuum and dust (the downstairs) and the toys — well, the toys remain scattered at best. But tonight, I am giving thanks. Tonight, […]

Memorial Day injuries

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As we prepare to embark on a three-day weekend, I have three words for you: 1. Enjoy! 2 & 3. Be careful. The number of injuries spikes over Memorial Day weekend, especially for boys. A review of records from 1997 to 2006 found that injuries are indeed more common on holiday weekends, with Memorial Day […]