I’m excited to introduce this week’s featured boy mom, Ann. She’s a mom to a sweet 7-year-old boy named, Anthony.
When Ann wrote (below), “Because things are often harder for him to learn the first time, he has taught me the true meaning of never giving up. He has taught us to be better people by just being himself.”, that really hit home for me. It’s so true, our children teach us to be better people and we want to be better for them.
Thank you Ann for sharing this story with us – Anythony is lucky to have a great mom by his side.
Age of son.
Meet 7-year-old, Anthony!
Describe your son.
My son is a blonde headed big brown eyed ball of energy. He is always moving, always talking, and he always keeps me on my toes! Just when I think I cannot love him anymore, he does or says something that amazes me. He has always been wise beyond his years with an emotional intelligence.
One of my favorite memories is from our trip to Disney World. We were at the Magic Kingdom in Fantasy land and he was two-years-old. We were walking by a bunch of flowers and Anthony told us all to ” look!”, “all of these flowers are sad because this flower is dead.” And he truly felt sorry for the flowers surrounding one dead one. We were all left speechless by his compassion.
How do you stay calm when surrounded by ALL that energy?
I don’t always! I wish I did. Sometimes I remind myself it is a passing time. To enjoy this age because he won’t be this young again.
What do you like to do with your son?
We like to have family movie night, reading books, and snuggling on the couch.
How do you instill gentlemanly behavior, actions, thoughts?
I try to teach him ” ladies first”, but he has a younger sister and he is so competitive that it doesn’t work (except when bath time comes). Basic manners and I teach him with respect, so I think that carries over to how he teaches others.
What type of activities or sports does he play?
Soccer, swimming, and baseball.
Where is your favorite place to shop for your son?
Carson’s, Gymboree, The Children’s Place, and Old Navy.
How do you maintain close relationships with your son as he ages?
I try to show him I care how he is feeling or thinking, right now. We try to live day to day. I think open communication is important. I try to sit down at the end of the day (before bed) and lay down with him. Sometimes I don’t say anything and see if he wants to share with me. Sometimes I ask him if he has any questions and tell him he can ask me anything. As he grows, the questions change.
What are some books/series your son likes to read?
Frog and Toad is a favorite right now. He always like elephant and pig series by Mo Willem, No David.
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 him?
When someone gets hurt or when a hit looks like it was meant to hurt. An apology and a time out.
Biggest mess your son has made.
Oh my…my son was around three-years-old and we had just put while carpeting down in his room, a hallway, and our bedroom. We had potted plants in our room. I heard a noise coming from upstairs so I went up right away. I will never forget what I saw.
There was black dirt literally EVERYWHERE. From each individual blind to the windowsill behind the blinds, the corner of the walls, the seam in between he trim and the carpet, the ceiling, and my son was covered head to toe. When I looked at him and ask what happened, he said Jack did it. Our border collie with white paws (whose paws were sparkling white so I knew he was not the culprit). It took us almost three hours to clean up the huge mess.
Share something special to both you and your son.
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
- 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- /2 cup warm water
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan.
- Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar.
Thank you Ann for sharing your son with us and for the delicious recipe!
Make sure to read about the other boy moms and their little dudes!
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