21 Things a Mother Should Tell Her Son


1. Play a sport. It will teach you how to win honourably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with others, manage your time and stay out of trouble. And maybe even throw or catch.
2. You will set the tone for the sexual relationship, so don’t take something away from her that you can’t give back.

3. Use careful aim when you pee. Somebody’s got to clean that up, you know.4. Save money when you’re young because you’re going to need it someday.5. Allow me to introduce you to the dishwasher, oven, washing machine, iron, vacuum, mop and broom. Now please go use them.

6. Always treat people with the respect you wish to be treated with.

7. Don’t ever be a bully and don’t ever start a fight, but if some idiot clocks you, please defend yourself.

8. Your knowledge and education is something that nobody can take away from you.

9. Treat women kindly. Forever is a long time to live alone and it’s even longer to live with somebody who hates your guts.

10. Take pride in your appearance.

11. Be strong and tender at the same time.

12. A woman can do everything that you can do.  This includes her having a successful career and you changing diapers at 3 A.M. Mutual respect is the key to a good relationship.

13. “Yes ma’am” and “yes sir” still go a long way.

14. The reason that they’re called “private parts” is because they’re “private”. Please do not scratch them in public.

15. Peer pressure is a scary thing. Be a good leader and others will follow.

16. Bringing her flowers for no reason is always a good idea.

17. It is better to be kind than to be right.

18. A sense of humor goes a long way in the healing process.

19. Please choose your spouse wisely.  My daughter-in-law will be the gatekeeper for me spending time with you and my grandchildren.

20. Remember to call your mother because I might be missing you.

21. Your Mother will always love you, no matter what – don’t be afraid to express your feelings!

A friend posted a link from CLEVAMAMA on Facebook today for 20 Things – I added my own 21st.  I think it’s something that all mothers of little boys should read – especially point 5!

Pea & Ham Soup

This soup is my husband’s favourite, it can be served chunky to show off the beautiful colours or blitzed to provide a thick, smooth soup.  It’s one of those recipes that makes life easy, as I can pull together a fresh batch in less than 30 minutes as long as I have some chopped ham in the freezer (I freeze leftover ham in pre-weighed packs for use in soups & pies).

INGREDIENTS – serves 4-6

1 large Onion – chopped

8 medium sized Potatoes – peeled & chopped

1 tablespoon sized knob of Butter

250 – 300g Cooked Ham

Frozen Peas

Ham or vegetable stock – homemade or shop bought

Freshly ground pepper to taste


Melt butter in heavy based pot, sweat off onions for a couple of minutes before adding chopped potatoes, cook for a couple of minutes over a low heat.  Add chopped ham & stock (enough to cover ingredients) & simmer until potatoes are soft.  Add frozen peas (I do this by eye rather than by weight) add extra stock if required & season to taste – serve as soon as peas are heated through!