25 rules for mothers of sons

Inspired by a Pin I've seen about "Rules for Dads with Daughters," I went searching for a similar list for moms with sons.

This search was mostly fruitless, so I was inspired to write my own "Rules for Moms with Sons." Granted, my list will not be conclusive and may not be entirely uncontroversial.

So agree, or disagree, or take with a grain of salt — but I hope to inspire other moms who are loving, and struggling, and tired, and proud, and eager to support the boys in their lives.

You are the most important woman in his life, his first teacher, and the one he will look to for permission for the rest of his life. From "Can I go play with them?" to "Should I ask her to marry me?" It's a big job, but as the mumma, we're up for it.

This content originally appeared on Tabitha Studer's blog, Team Studer. Reprinted with permission from the author.
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Y Ask Y
Provo, UT


More rules?

Don't we have enough rules?

Why do you think rules will save you as parents, as families, as a group?

There is no salvation in rules and laws. Read the Bible!

South Jordan, UT

As the mother of three boys I cannot describe how much I loved this list! Y ask Y, is your comment tongue in cheek?

Chris from Rose Park

Regardless of content, that is the most well written list I have ever seen on DNews. It flowed well and was pleasant to read. Well done, Tabitha Studer. For content, I absolutely loved it. Ia m a 24 yr. old about to graduate and move across the country from my family. I will love my mom forever for some of these things she has done for me. Through a lot of personal family adversity, my mom has been a constant of my life. Even the things she does that drive me up the wall pale in comparison to how great an example she has been. This is because she showed love throughout my life which is the one guiding principles of all these "rules." I don't think these are rules to be constantly fretted about but good suggestions to occasionally think about. These suggestions are great because they stem from the one real rule of loving your children more than anything else.

Cedar Hills, UT

Yet another article I am not going to read because it's in the form of a slideshow. I guess this (artificially) increases page hits, but are they going to be enough to compensate for the readers that you are driving away? When did journalism become nothing but a Powerpoint presentation?

Brigham City, UT

I'm with infoman. The list of rules- as far as I got- was a very good one, especially the first one, in my estimation. But I got tired of "clicking on" at page 10, and I quit. I could've read through the list much faster if it wasn't all chopped up.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Isn't it supposed to read "Let him loose"? "Lose" refers to competition.

Salt Lake City, UT

Let his dad teach him how to do things
... without interrupting about how to do it the "right way."

Because he will call his dad for answers, and his dad will secretly come and ask you.

So close to getting this one right! Are you so arrogant that you think dad always has to come to you for the answers, or that your "right way" is the only way?


#26 Respect your husband and you son will BELIEVE you respect him as well.

Ticonderoga, NY

I could say all kinds of things about this, but I'll just say :-)

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