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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 July 22, 2021

20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

    These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

    Get the recipe here.

    2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

      This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

      To try this recipe, go here.

      3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

        Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

        Check out the recipe here.

        4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

          Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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          Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

          5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

            This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

            Find the recipe here.

            6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

              The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

              Get the recipe for this dish here.

              7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                You can find the recipe here.

                8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                  Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                  Find the recipe here.

                  9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                    This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                    Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                    10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                      Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                      The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                      11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                        Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                        Find the recipe here.

                        12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                          This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                          Find the recipe here.

                          13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                            Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                            This easy recipe can be found here.

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                            14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                              Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                              Find out how to make it here.

                              15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                The recipe can be found here.

                                16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                  This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                  Find the recipe here.

                                  17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                    Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                    Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                    18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                      Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                      Find the recipe here.

                                      19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                        Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                        Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                        20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                          Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                          Get the recipe here.

                                          Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                          Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                          Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                          1. Lose the Sugar

                                          Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                          2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                          Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                          3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                          Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                          When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                          Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                          Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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