Would You Send Your Son to a Spa?

I know quite a few young boys who could really benefit from a good manicure and pedicure, but I don’t know many who would actually request spa treatments for their birthdays. Yet, studies show they’re out there, and their numbers have been increasing over the last decade. According to the International Spa Association, the number of teenage boys receiving spa services such as hair removal and massages has nearly doubled since the early 1990s. These days some spas even advertise their services specifically to young boys, highlighting the benefits of facials (a good way to get rid of blackheads) and … Continue reading

Fathers and Sons – part 1

Does the son become like the father? When we look at some people in the bible we see that a godly parent does not necessarily translate to godly offspring. We only have to look at Eli and Samuel to see that. Both their sons abused their positions and did not follow God, see I Samuel 2:12-17 and 1 Samuel 8:1-5. The opposite can also be true, where a godly parent has a godly son. Take the case of Saul and Jonathon Saul’s problems started almost at the beginning of his reign. Samuel told Saul to go to Gilgal and wait … Continue reading

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

“Do as I say, not as I do.” How many times did we hear something like that when we were growing up? Both parents and teachers have used that one. The problem with that line of thinking is clearly illustrated with another axiom: “what you do speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you say.” Modeling the behavior we desire from our children is critical in helping to teach our kids good habits, and the moral values we want to pass on to them. My old pastor used to say, “More is caught than taught” when it comes to … Continue reading

Responding to: “Which Do You Like Better–Sons or Daughters?”

Okay. I need to vent. I was actually asked this question by a live person the other day, when I shared that I had three children, two daughters and a son, I was asked whether I liked parenting the girls or my son better. After staring blankly and processing the question, I was able to answer with what I would like to think was a little grace and trying to hide any scorn or judgment in my voice. I just explained that I love and adore all my children and I didn’t “want” any particular genders and feel like they … Continue reading

Finding Things to do With a Son

My son is fifteen—not the easiest of ages for a teenage boy and certainly not the easiest of times for a single mom. Where we used to go to lunch and movies together and be able to sit side-by-side on the couch, there is now misunderstandings and distance. I notice that we both still try to talk to each other but we don’t always connect like we used to. Mostly, I am learning that finding things we can do together helps take the pressure off and gives us a way to connect without too much closeness. As the “baby,” my … Continue reading

One Mom, One Son

I am the single mom of three–but only one of my children is a boy. My son is decidedly out-numbered by females in our little family, and it has always been that way. Even when he was very young and his father and I were still married, his father was gone so much that I was always the primary and most present parent. He does get to spend some time with his dad, but his dad still spends most of his time working or away from home so even though he has a father and a male role model, it … Continue reading

Page Toppers and Quotes for Sons, Daughters, Boys and Girls

Page Toppers For Boys Boys only, no girls allowed Boys will be Boys First Set of Wheels I’ve been working on the railroad Just me and my Dad Like father like son Little boys and their toys Little boys are angels too. Mom’s “Son”flowers Our little cowboy Snakes and snails and puppy-dog tails …. that’s what little boys are made of. So handsome Son Flowers Tool Time Tough as nails You Are My “SONSHINE” You Gotta Be a Football Hero Quotes for Boys “Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable” -Plato quotes “Boys will be boys. And … Continue reading

Mothers Raising Boys

What do Tom Cruise, Ed Bradley, Alexander Haig, Bill Clinton, Alan Greenspan, Bill Cosby, Dr. Benjamin Carson and Les Brown have in common? They were all raised by single mothers. This information may give us a glimmer of hope, but for many moms the task of bringing up boys can seem very daunting. We worry that we might not have the skills needed to help them grow into men. I think the best thing we can do for our boys is get to know them personally and educate ourselves about what boys need to grow into strong men. Here are … Continue reading

In Honor of Mother’s Day: Mother-Son Day Trips

In honor of Mother’s Day I wrote the blog: “Mother-Daughter Vacations” offering activities specifically tailored to promote female bonding. For example, a mother and daughter tea party, a day at the spa, etc. I ended the blog by promising to share ideas specifically designed for mothers and sons. And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I must make good on that promise. Easier said than done. I am a mother, but I have yet to give birth to a son. And while I am married to a son and have three brothers, I struggled to come up with any … Continue reading