Boy Mom Spotlight: Meet Suzanna

by Tina @ Life Without Pink on November 29, 2013

If you are interested in being featured, please fill out this form. Remember you don’t have to be a mom of all boys just one. NOTE: there’s a waiting list and I will contact you about a week or two prior to your scheduled date.

Happy Friday! I’m sure everyone is either stuffed from yesterday or running around shopping today. If you are out-and-about, you are brave….very brave!

But if you are lounging around in the comfort of your home, why not read about today’s boy mom? Let me introduce you to, Suzanna, from Tech and Travel Mom. She’s a mom of two boys and one adorable little girl!

I met Suzanna last year on-line and we became fast friends. She’s such a wonderful, positive person and I love her outlook on life. Since she has older boys, she’s my go-to mom when I have questions about my own growing boys.

Suzanna practices good manners with her sons, however she has found that there is very little in the way of books or videos on manners for Teen and tween boys.  She was wondering - is this something you would be interested in learning more about? She would like to start a video series on this topic, but wants to make sure there’s a need.

Please comment below with your thoughts!

Boy Mom Feature Meet Suzanna

 Ages.

Grant June 1998 and JP August 2002.

Describe your sons.

Grant is a scholar athlete who loves science, tech and math.

JP is Mr. Personality who loves sports and science.

How do you stay calm when surrounded by ALL that energy?

Almost every morning I get up with my husband at the crack of dawn and work out and often meditate. This keeps me sane during the morning chaos and the high energy of boys at the end of the day

How do you instill gentlemanly behavior, actions, thoughts?

First of all we encourage them to model my husband who is a truly an equal partner who helps out with childcare and the chores around the house.

We also practice good manners at the table and even read Essential Manners For Men by Peter Post (Great Grandson of Emily Post) and How to be a Gentleman by John Bridges. 

What do you like to do with your sons?

We love to play and watch sports of all types from golf, tennis, football, basketball to soccer. I also try to get them involved with the constant evolution of technology. Sometimes, they figure out new Apps so much faster than me!

How do you maintain close relationships with your sons as they age?

I try to have special time with each boy individually which ends up usually being when I am driving them to a sporting activity. On weekends, we try to do sports together as a family or another fun family activity like watching sports!

What type of sports or activities do your sons participate in?

Grant plays soccer, ski races and plays tennis. Grant also has a black belt in Tae Kwan Do.

JP does all of the same but also plays football and little league baseball

We also have an 8 year old daughter who loves to play soccer

Where is your favorite place to shop for your sons?

I shop online sales for Under Armour and Abercrombie and love to shop Target.

What are some books/series your sons like to read?

All three of us have read the Hunger Games and Enders Game. We have enjoyed discussing the books and watching the movies. Tonight we are going as a family to Catching Fire.

How do you handle violence in play?

Our boys love WWE but we constantly have to ask them to keep the moves to the professionals. We advise them to work out their battles on the soccer field and basketball court. We believe that causing pain in others is wrong and you must respect others space.

When did you let them start “dating” and what are safe dating activities for young teens?

Wow! Our boys are only just starting to be interested in girls. At age 11, we allow them to walk down the street to the pizza party with a group of friends

I love being a boy mom because______

boys love a chance to snuggle with their moms no matter what age. Also I believe it is an honor to bring up boys who can make sure that women can truly be treated equally in our society.

Give us your best boy mom tip!

Always make sure you give yourself some down time and get plenty of sleep. A happy mom makes for happy boys. You need your energy to manage the physical energy of the boys when they are little and then the mental struggle when they are older.

Suzanna’s Something Special:

Our special tradition is that as a family we plan to hit every baseball park in America. So far we have hit 18 of the 30. Every year we plan a trip to attend at least one game! Our boys collect a ball from every park and get to sample the local sites and food. This summer we had a blast meeting the relief pitcher of the Tampa Bay Rays.  You can read more about that here.

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Thank you so much Suzanna for sharing your family with us and your fun family tradition! Don’t forget to leave Suzanna a comment below and let us know if you would like to see some videos on teaching boys manners, etc. 

You can also chat with her on twitter at @skconcepts.

Make sure to read about the other boy moms and their little men!

If you are interested in being featured, please fill out this form. Remember you don’t have to be a mom of all boys just one.  NOTE: there’s a waiting list and I will contact you about a week or two prior to your scheduled date.

Thanks for reading!

Meet Tina @ Life Without Pink


I'm Tina, a wife and mother of two very active little boys. I'm the Co-founder of Girls' Lunch Out {GLO}, a marketing company that hosts networking events for women in social media. I'm also part of the BabyCenter social media team and the 2013 Family Expert for P&G's Have You Tried This Yet? Trend Trio.

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1 Suzanna Keith November 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Tina,
We are so honored to be featured in your blog. You have to join us on the next family baseball tour!

So Thankful for your friendship this year!
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2 Tina @ Life Without Pink December 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

Thank you so much for letting me feature you! XO

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3 Shell December 2, 2013 at 11:56 am

Oh, I love the idea of trying to visit all the baseball parks! What fun!
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4 Tina @ Life Without Pink December 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

I know isn’t’ that such a great idea!?

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5 Charmin - The Momiverse December 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I’m so fortunate to know Suzanna too (thanks to an introduction by Tina this year!). She’s truly one of the most supportive and encouraging people I’ve ever met and I adore her.

As a mom of two boys myself, I absolutely think that it’s extremely important to teach our boys manners!

And I LOVE your plan to hit every baseball park in America! We’re trying to do that with every state capitol, but I think the baseball park sounds more fun. :-)
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6 Tina @ Life Without Pink December 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

She’s so great! And I’m so happy (and lucky) to have met both of you! XO

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7 Brittany December 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

Hitting every baseball park in America sounds like my kind of fun! We love setting out travel goals with the kids. I can’t even imagine how much driving you do with all those sports but it seems like your boys are really happy!
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8 Tina @ Life Without Pink December 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

I know – sounds like so much fun! My boys would LOVE that.

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