Author: Laura.Lee.Groves

Life Lessons from the Mouths of the Boys

This month’s theme, Life Lessons for our Boys, took me back a few years. When I wrote I’m Outnumbered: One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys (Kregel), I proposed a last chapter called “A Word from the Boys.” For this chapter, I interviewed my four sons, then ranging from 17 to 26. I’m going back into the archive to share some of my boys’ life lessons with you, in their own words. Life Lesson 1: Sibling rivalry is inevitable, but it can lead to self-awareness and the ability to work together. Boy #3: “The hardest thing...

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Serve Somebody

Sometimes we need to get outside of ourselves—and so do our boys. Summer is a great time to nurture a little “other-centered” activity. As moms, we serve all the time. Sometimes that creates a consumer mindset in our boys as they wait to be served. Why not turn the tables? Get the whole family together to brainstorm. Ask, “Who do you think needs help?” and “How can we help them?” Take your cue from your sons. Are there things they can do themselves to help a neighbor, family member, or friend? Are there family activities you can do together?...

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A Summer Moment for Mom

You need those, you know, Mom. Just a moment here and there. So take one or two. The problem is, when I have one of those moments, I begin to try to figure out what God is doing. Maybe God has given Jason that artistic ability so he will one day…  Why in the world is this happening to our family?  When the boys are in kindergarten and second grade, that’s when I will … None of those thoughts is inherently bad, but we have to consider why we entertain them. What’s our motive? To figure God out? To...

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The Best of Being a Boy Mom: Seeing Your Son as a Father

Most of you are going to have to use your imaginations and fast forward a bit as you read this post, but it will pay off in the end. Sometimes as a boy mom, it’s hard to imagine the light at the end of the tunnel. The chaos and noise, the physicality and the craziness are overwhelming. I’m here to say that one day that will morph into something different—and for me, that’s been one of the best blessings of being a boy mom. Why? Because seeing your son as a father is: 1. Humbling. There is no way you...

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Facing the Future with Hope

My baby is growing, changing … and that scares me. I’m not sure I’m ready for the next phase. This is all so new to me! What will we do if this job doesn’t come through? We’re trying not to put all our eggs in one basket, but this looks like the perfect opportunity. Four years to college tuition. I don’t know how we’re going to manage it. I’m afraid to even think about it! When I think about my son going off to new school, anxiety rears its ugly head. Will he be able to manage? How can...

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