5 Reasons Why the Mother-Son Relationship is Important

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  1. Secure attachment to the mother is VERY important. Studies reveal that boys who do not bond securely with their mothers in the infant years act much more hostile, destructive and aggressive later in life.
  1. Boys who are close to their mothers perform better in school. Yep, nurture is good and “babying” isn’t such a bad thing overall!
  1. A close mother-son relationship is good for a boy’s mental health. A study presented at the American Psychological Association showed that boys who are close to their mothers tend not to buy into hyper-masculine stereotypes.
  1. Teenage boys who are close to their moms engage in less risky behavior. It has long been known that good parent-teen communication can help lessen the influence of negative peer pressure.
  1. Moms who keep their sons close are setting them up for success later in life, both in personal relationships and at work.

Kate Stone Lombardi is the author of THE MAMA’S BOY MYTH: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger. (Avery/Penguin Group USA). A journalist, Ms. Lombardi is the mother of two adult children, a son and a daughter. She lives in New York with her husband, Michael.

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xo,

Kingston

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Toddler Boys’ Kitchen

It’s not just a girl thing!

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My daddy is a fantastic cook and I’m following his footsteps!

Today I decided to make him a special breakfast: A plate consisting of corn, a slice of bagel and one strawberry. I know it seems a bit odd for grown-ups, but not so much for tots like me! I love being creative and that includes experiencing with food!

I’m well aware that I have lots to learn to be just as great of a cook as daddy, but don’t you agree that I’m at least on the right track?!

PS: I love you, daddy (or as I pronounce it: I lah you, daddy)!

xo,

Kingston

Countdown to Christmas

A note from daddy…

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Dearest Kingston:

As we’re counting the days until Christmas – mommy and I cannot help but look at you at amazement! It’ll be your 3rd Christmas already.

Your face starts beaming with excitement because you can almost sense what Christmas is all about…a family gathering, and please remember this, always. It’s not about the gifts – but it’s about that precious face of yours!

Your smile and laughter means everything to us!

We love you OH-SO much!

Guest editor: Dad

Love always,

Mommy & Daddy

Joys of having Boys

Five joys of having boys!

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We are a lot of fun – let me tell you that!

  1. We love our mommies! You’ve heard of the term “mama’s boy”, right? Well, it’s true. I’m a mama’s boy at heart!
  2. We make you feel like a gourmet chef! I pretty much eat whatever daddy and/or mommy cook for me! Mommy says “there’s nothing like having a good eater (me!!) who make you feel like your cooking is actually good, even if you’re making cereal!
  3. We don’t need fancy clothes! Yep, no extravagant wardrobe is necessary when you’re having boys – we’re just as comfortable in diapers and/or PJ’s!
  4. No drama! I might be a young tot still but I can guarantee you that you will have less drama with a boy than with a girl!
  5. We get dirty and love it! Yes, girls find it yucky to get dirty but we love it!

What are your experiences raising boys vs. girls?

I’d love to hear from you!

Fruits for Toddlers

Toss out the junk food and start making snack time fun again!

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Fruits are good for you and for us! You can’t go wrong exposing your child to fruits! It’s delicious and provides us with important vitamins. My favorite fruits are apples, bananas and grapes.

Make eating healthy fun this summer by cutting it into fun shapes with a cookie cutter and making kabobs with your favorite fruit! I promise that your tot(s) will love it!

Water Play with Toddlers

Summer is here! Time to have fun!

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There are many ways to enjoy water play with us – in the bath tub, at the beach or at the water fountain! Playing with water stimulates our senses, and encourages us to communicate, imagine, socialize, and experiment.

Mommy and daddy had me play with the water fountain which was a lot of fun since there is no right or wrong to play in the water! My parents introduced me to new vocabulary (while playing with the water) as well, such as: Wet, dry, float, sink, warm, hot, cold, pour, splash, stir, scoop, slippery, empty, full, heavy, light, scrub, wash, swim…To enhance these words they kept repeating them; for instance they said things like: “The water is cold. Feel it? Water. It’s cold.”

That being said: Summer is here! Take us out to have some fun; there are many other ways to enjoy water play too (below are my favorites):

  • Water the flowers with a hose, spray bottle, or watering can!
  • Running through the sprinkler!
  • We like to pretend to be adults, so we like to use water and rags to help you “clean” something outside, such as outdoor furniture or the swing set. Or let us pretend to be artists and “paint” the fence or sidewalk with water and a large paintbrush!

Whatever way you choose to use water with your child, I can guarantee you that we’ll just enjoy spending time with you!