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10 Things Only Mothers Of All Boys Understand

10 Things Only Mothers Of All Boys Understand
You must have heard a dazzling mixture of supportive, commiserative, even pathetic comments when you announced that you were about to be blessed with a another boy. Preoccupied with anticipated challenges, you may have approached the early years of mothering your sons with little room for joy!
But, as time passes, things start to loosen a bit for most mothers of all boys. After all, it looks like a lot of what you have heard was just hot air. Here is a list of 10 things that only you and your fellow ‘blue tagline’ mothers can relate to:

1. You own the exclusive rights of being “the only woman in the house”

There are no power struggles over makeup or accessories, no problems in sorting laundry and no other female dealing with “her time of the month.” That must feel so good!

2. You have lots of “boyfriends”

If fathers of girls have their own father-daughter time, you have got your mother-son dates. It’s true that female friends may be more compassionate or understanding, but a ‘masculine’ touch of friendship has its own magic, especially when you need a reality check. In addition, having multiple men in the house means that there will always be a big boy around to save the day, like when you need the spider on the wall killed or the jar just that you just can’t seem to open.

3. You cook a lot

For some reason, men eat more and it doesn’t necessarily reflect on their shapes. Nevertheless, as probably the main cook in the house, that fact doesn’t make a difference to you! And what a wonderful time you would have when your sons decide to invite their friends over for dinner or to watch the Super Bowl at home. That’s the time for blessings to multiply.

4. You enjoy shopping for newborn girls

I have met quite a few mothers of all boys, and despite their vast differences, they share one thing in common: they all love shopping for little girls. Is it the pink color that they miss, or is it the irresistible attractiveness of those little ruffly dresses? No matter what the reason is, your I-am-expecting-a-girl friends have one more reason love you!

5. You don’t have much drama in the house

Boys usually speak their mind, and tend to have higher self-regard. It’s true that they still fight, but they come to resolution faster and hold no hard feelings afterwards. And, most importantly, they usually don’t involve you in the aftermath, which offloads your time a lot!

6. You need less time to get everyone ready to go out

No pony tails, tights, hair clips, matching shoes or scarves. Boys still love to dress up and look good, but it takes them less time to get ready. Even when they get older, most of them don’t grow long hair and won’t need to spend hours on its drying and styling. An ad hoc outing? No problem: quick shower, jeans, T-shirt, throw some sneakers on and you’re in the car!

7. You get creative to bond with your kids

It may get a bit challenging for you to bond with the boys, especially when they grow older. Instead of making beaded bracelets or decorating cupcakes together, you may have to get out of your comfort zone and get a bit tough in search of a common activity with boys. Do Thomas the Train and hockey games ring a bell?

8. You know that boys are not all the same

It’s true that you have not experienced how different genders of children mingle together, but you know that there are differences in personalities even within the same gender. Erica Hill, a mother of all boys, shared her experience on this matter in an article that appeared on Today Parents: “I do believe that having four boys helped me to look at them as individuals, rather than chalking up their behavior to their sex.”

9. Your definition of ‘fun’ is probably expanded

Do your boys have a contest on who can burp the loudest or create the biggest mess? You are not alone. A boy’s definition of fun spans a wide spectrum: wearing ugly masks, carrying around swords and putting in fake teeth. They may often dig in the mud, kick a soccer ball around and get dirty. Fun can even take a disturbing turn: killing ants and pulling the tail of your neighbour’s cat.

10. And last but not the least: you have tremendous power to end domestic violence and enhance gender equality

You can teach your boys how to treat women respectfully, and you can model it to them. It’s a tremendous opportunity that you have to make an impact. Alexandra, another mother of all boys, mentioned in a blog post that appeared on Scary Mommy: “It sounds ridiculous to have to teach this, but it’s what we as mothers need to do. I turn off commercials that show women as less than capable or inferior or needy, because actions speak louder than words. I comment on magazine covers or ads that show women feeble and manipulative.”

Featured photo credit: What a life / Ryan McGuire via imcreator.com

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Published on April 9, 2021

50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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  1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
  2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
  3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
  4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
  5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
  6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
  7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
  8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
  9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
  10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
  11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
  12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
  13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
  14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
  15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
  16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
  17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
  18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
  19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
  20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
  21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
  22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
  23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
  24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
  25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
  26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
  27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
  28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
  29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
  30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
  31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
  32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
  33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
  34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
  35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
  36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
  37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
  38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
  39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
  40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
  41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
  42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
  43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
  44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
  45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
  46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
  47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
  48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
  49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
  50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

Final Thoughts

Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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