When Do You Step In When Boys Are Wrestling?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

  A reader asks, “When do you step in when boys are wrestling? My 10 & 8 year old boys are constantly in some form of a challenge on the trampoline, in the yard, on the lake, in the house, etc.” The way boys are always wrestling can be pretty frustrating, especially for moms. It’s…
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review and Discussion Guide

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Let me be upfront. I love Star Wars. The original Star Wars was released when I was a young teen and I think I saw it 5 or 6 times the first month. It was a grand story of nobility and sacrifice, knights and princesses, tyranny and resistance, epic battles and spaceships. Spaceships! It was…
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Awkward! How (and Why) to Have a Conversation About Sexting with Your Kids

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

It came up on Facebook again today. What do you do when you find your child has been sexting? It’s nauseating to even think about it, isn’t it? Awhile back, I was shocked when one of my friends told me she’d found a series of explicit texts on her son’s phone, but now we’re hearing…
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How do I talk to my children about these things?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Here’s what I struggle with: How do I prepare my young boys in case they are exposed to porn without destroying their innocence?  It is a struggle at young ages, but it’s so important. A mom recently told us she discovered her 8 or 9 year old was getting up in the middle of the…
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A Thirst for Adventure

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Boys have a love for adventure. The trick is to teach them to take reasonable risks. We want them to be bold and adventurous – without breaking both legs jumping off the roof! There’s a whole chapter about that in Raising Real Men.

Spring Fever

Friday, April 11th, 2014

A mom approached us at a conference, “I just can’t get my son to concentrate!” she said. We asked her to explain. “Well, he does pretty well until about half-way through the morning, then he just loses focus! I tell him, ‘Look, we only have three more subjects! Buckle down and concentrate and we’ll be…
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Four Famous Failures (That Should Change the Way We Parent)

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Q. A mom came up to us at a conference where we’d been speaking about entrepreneurship, “My teenage son is constantly coming up with business ideas, but I’m afraid to let him try. What if he fails?” We are not doing our boys a service to protect them from ever failing. When we do that,…
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Boy Secrets: Laundry

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Do you have any great laundry tips for raising boys? If you have boys, you’ll need to remove bloodstains, grass stains and neon stains you can’t imagine the source of!

Is Destruction in Their Wake Normal?

Friday, December 21st, 2012

A reader asked: As a mother of 4 young boys, (oldest is 10), we have a lot of furniture, walls, toys, etc destroyed in their wake. Is this normal for boys??? I feel like I can’t have anything nice around. Dear Friend, I feel your pain! The frustrating part about raising girls is that they…
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What Happens When the Chef is Eleven Years Old…

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

That sounds like the start to a funny, or maybe even disgusting story, doesn’t it? And we’ve seen a few of those, too. I don’t think anyone will ever forget the Skittles in the rollups for lunch. They were, uh, memorable. Last night, though, was memorable in another way… “Mom, can I make quiche for…
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