A roundup of some of my favorite fall recipes. There's only one time of year that I ask for just a *tad* bit of pity for the fact that I live in Hawaii. Fall. I am pretty sure that I love the autumn season more than the average person, yet, unless I travel, I don't really get to experience it at all. (any sympathy yet?) So, while we continue to have our tropical balmy evenings, and the ocean is bath-water warm, I tend to whine and complain a teensy bit around October and
We all want to find the magic solution for raising character-rich kids. Here's what I know. There is no doubt, my early parenting years were challenging. But when I look back on the first years homeschooling my older boys, I have mostly fond memories. I have often described the first three boys as being "eager to please", "self-directed" learners, and so on. Fast forward a few years and Levi...Levi has not exactly been the "eager-to-please" homeschool student. He
Hey friends! Happy August.. Well, it feels like I haven't written a regular blog post in a very long time. It's been a crazy busy season of launching Boy Mom and learning to be a podcaster, but trust me -- I still love blogging! I miss these short and sweet messages and I really miss all of your comments! (You know you CAN comment on Podcast posts too, right?...*hint hint.*) Well, I'm coming out of the fog now and have, like, a thousand things I want to get caught up
Note from Monica: I wrote this post almost exactly five years ago, but it continues to be read across the world daily. Over time it has had millions (I've lost track) of views. I'm still so humbled by what happened. This was the post that brought so many people to my blog...introduced me to boy-moms all over the world, gave me a platform to write and speak and start a podcast. This post, quite literally, changed my life. And many of YOU helped make that
It's the end of July and around here, most of us are hot and sticky! Yet Hawaii doesn't get as hot as a lot of parts of the world this time of the year, so I'm sure some of you are really cooking!! (Comment and tell me your weather at the bottom, ok!?) With that in mind I wanted to update an old post sharing my simple approach to making fruit-packed popsicles and yogurt-cicles with you! I hope this inspires you to get creative and stay cool with your kids this
MIDDLE SCHOOL. Just saying the words brings me frightening flashbacks of puberty and pimples. Of insecurity and awkwardness. (not to mention, bad hair and braces.) Really, there may be no more challenging time in life than those middle school years. (For my international readers, this is roughly from age 10-14.) Raising four boys of my own, I am keenly aware of all that they go through to transition from boyhood to manhood. Their body, mind, and
Hey Friends -- Today I am sharing a post from my most-read series of "What our sons need most...." I hope you enjoy, even if you were around years ago when I first published it. :) (Maybe you have a friend with a preschooler? If so I hope you'll share this post with them!) RAISING A PRESCHOOLER. If you've been around a while you know that I love to talk about the tween and teenage years. I love seeing all of the work of the earlier years coming together
Hey, look what I've got... A one-minute Boy Mom Book Trailer!