Meet this week’s boy mom, Hillary from My Scraps. I met Hillary a few years ago through the wonderful world of blogging and we’ve been friends ever since!
Hillary is one of the sweetest people I know and her boys are adorable not to mention stylish little men. And Hillary’s husband looks just like Anthony Edwards from ER. I still don’t believe it’s not really him…but time will tell!
Age of sons.
12 & 6.
Describe your sons.
Energetic boys – need I say more?? They are kind and funny and the absolute joy of my life, even though they drive me crazy at times. Parenting 2 kids with a wide age gap has many unique challenges.
How do you stay calm when surrounded by ALL that energy?
Vodka Tonics, ha! Seriously – sometimes I have to remove myself from the “noise” and “ruckus” if it’s within acceptable boundaries and just annoying me. I do not do well in chaos – so it’s interesting sometimes.
What do you like to do with your sons?
I am a total girlie girl – so I don’t like sports – they love them. I don’t like trains, cars, etc – they love them. But I do like to see my boys happy – so we do all those things and I enjoy their happiness =) Then I go shopping or on a GNO and feel MUCH better.
How do you instill gentlemanly behavior, actions, thoughts?
We talk a lot about manners – I have high expectations of them – although I totally baby them sometimes and then complain that I “do everything” – KWIM?
What type of activities or sports do they play?
They both play baseball and my oldest is in the MS band – we are not over-schedulers – preferring to have time to do our own things.
Where is your favorite place to shop for your son?
Lands End – hands down.
How do you maintain close relationships with your sons as they age?
I try to make sure I get some 1 on 1 time with my oldest – as he’s entering teenager years, I want him to feel he can come to me – I take his concerns seriously and try to answer all his questions – yes even the one about scrotum (NOT for publication) – awkward.
What are some books/series your sons like to read?
My oldest just discovered a series about James Bond when he was about 12 at Eton – before he had a license to kill. My youngest is into the Stink books.
How do you handle violence in play? Some of this is normal “boy” behavior, but when do you feel it crosses the line? How do you guide them?
We have rules – but they are boys – so I try to moderate it. There is also a big difference in age, so “cops and robbers” for the 12 year old is ok – not so much on the arresting level for the 6 yo . . .it gets tough sometimes.
Biggest mess your sons has made.
The constant tracking in of the mud on the shoes. Probably the worst was the gravel from a baseball game all over the car – and I think I have a picture.
Give us your BEST tip for other moms of boys.
Finish this statement: I love being a boy mom because ______.
they let me be who I am.
Share something special to both you and your sons.
Spending time with the boys, regardless of what we’re doing is special. They each have their own interests, but they both love to experience life and go places. My husband and I try to take them to as many places as we can, with regular trips into Philadelphia. They are pretty good with public transportation and comfortable with exploring new places. They love to travel. I hope sharing these things with them will make them life-long adventurers.
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