Tag Archives: raising boys

On bribing your children

We all do this – don’t we? “If you eat your greens, you can have a cookie.” “If you do your homework without whining, you can have your iPad back.” But what about cash bribes? As a non-parent, it never … Continue reading

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On refereeing competitive siblings

I touched on this the other day, but there’s something you can’t fail to notice about boys: their competitive streak. Eager to one-up each other the WHOLE TIME, my sons compare everything, from who gets to sit next to whom … Continue reading

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Overheard in the car

For the past two years, we’ve been car-pooling with a French family to get Son2 home from school. Our son, and their son – let’s call him M – quickly became firm friends, and despite not being in the same … Continue reading

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What I’ll be wearing Wednesday

When I got home from work tonight, I did the first thing I always do when transitioning from the peaceful buzz of the office to the happy, barely contained chaos of homelife: I went upstairs to get changed. Usually this … Continue reading

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A growing boy’s insatiable appetite

          It happens almost overnight. One day, he’s licking pureed food off a plastic spoon; the next he’s wolfing down the contents of the fridge, and gnawing at the fridge door if you momentarily take your … Continue reading

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Five weeks down … five to go!

“So it’s the lipstick and handbag museum today then?” I said to the boys, raising a hopeful eyebrow. It’s a running joke: keeping them entertained during the long, long holiday involves so many boy-related activities that I do like to … Continue reading

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Breakfast with a son

One son had a whole week off for half-term; the other only had a day. I felt bad for Son1, so on his day off, I decided to take him out for breakfast. “Where shall we go?” “Subway!” “Well, that’s … Continue reading

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The boy-mum initiation

The other day a friend promised me that while bringing up boys might feel like more work up front than girls, it gets easier. It really does, she told me, as I exhaled a sigh of relief. “When my teenager’s … Continue reading

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Heads that go bump

A nice quiet evening after a busy week of work sounded just the ticket. A movie for the kids, a shawarma sandwich to eat, and rattling through my favourite blogs. But when is an evening ever ‘nice and quiet’ when … Continue reading

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