About This Book

There is a special bond between mothers and their sons that never goes away. This book contains the 101 best stories from Chicken Soup's library honoring the lifelong relationship between mothers and their male offspring. These heartfelt and loving stories written by mothers, grandmothers, and sons, about each other, span generations. Many of these stories will make readers laugh and some will make them cry, but they will all remind them of the eternal bond they share.

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Hail to the queen! How to pamper your mom Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms & Sons

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

If the thought of finding the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day leaves you stumped, here are some tips inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms & Sons to help you (and sons everywhere!) give their moms the royal treatment on Mother’s Day and beyond:

1. Prepare dinner for her. If you are like most of us, you can remember sitting down to enjoy a home-cooked meal with your family. While your mother made it look easy,that dinner preparation may have been more difficult than you imagined. Take the time to pamper your mother and make her favorite meal for her birthday or special occasion. Even if it doesn’t live up to the gold standard your mother’s cooking has set for the dish, she will still appreciate the time and thought you put into the meal. Just as the many contributors in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms and Son have found joy in moments like these, this is the perfect opportunity to create a memory you can both cherish.

2. Appreciate her special qualities. In Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms and Sons, Tal Vigderson’s story shares his mortification over his mother’s habit of hoarding everything she owned in her purse: 20-year-old receipts, expired medication, and coupons filled it to the brim, but after telling his mother how much it upset him that she carried this ancient bag of trash, Tal felt guilty. Days later, a new mysterious bag appeared, and as Tal went through the remains of the old bag, he came across a receipt from his birthday dinner the year before. He remembered the meal he shared with his mother at a local pizza place and the skateboard he had finally gotten after months of begging. Tal realized these pieces of "trash" meant something after all.

3. Call her. Any mother knows trying to get her son to share the details of his life is an exhausting endeavor. Sound like you? Prove her wrong and call your mom to check in and talk about your week. Adam Bruns recalls in his story, "Mom Hits the Links," how he was able to encourage his mother’s new-found love of golf as she shared her weekly progress with him over a series of phone calls. After months of hearing her excitedly recount the games she played, Adam found himself rediscovering his own love of the game. What could you be sharing with your mother? You may find you have more in common that you thought.

4. Treat her to a night out. If the idea of being seen out with your mother induces panic, just remember everyone has a mother. Shouldn’t you be proud of yours? Go ahead, show her off! Kirk Hill’s psychology class inspired him to do just that. Accepting his teacher’s challenge, Kirk decided to try and build someone up this week, giving an ego boost to the most deserving candidate: his mother. In his story, "So How Do You Boost an Ego?" Kirk recalls the surprise and delight his mother felt when he asked her to accompany him to a play. After he got over his initial embarrassment at going out with his mom, Kirk found that he enjoyed spending time with her. So, the next time you have a free night, ask your mother out for a mother-son date. Going to see a chick-flick or an art exhibit may be more fun than you think!

5. Take her shopping. Need a last-minute gift idea? Let your mom choose her own Mother’s Day or Christmas gift this year. As you spend the day together looking for the perfect gift, you’ll realize this present is a two-for-one deal — you’ll get quality time together and cross her present off your to-do-list! If you can’t take her shopping don’t forget the power a thoughtful gesture can have for the ones you love. Send her a book or some flowers for Mother’s Day or any day of the year to remind her of the special place she has in your life. With the abundance of online sites, you can send them while on a business trip overseas or from the comfort of your own home.

Five ways to bond with your son…without becoming one of the guys

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms & Sons

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

How can a mom spend time with her son that doesn’t involve videogames or action movies? If multiple Terminator viewing sessions aren’t her idea of fun, what’s a mother to do? If you think becoming one of the boys is the only way to bond with your son, consider these mother/son bonding tips. Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms & Sons, these ideas prove you don’t have to be a football or HALO-fanatic to get your boy’s attention.

1. Have weekly dinners. Whether you hash out the day’s events or share a humorous story, family dinners can be a place to connect at the end of the day. It may seem impossible to squeeze a sit-down dinner in between soccer practice and boy scouts, but if you make the effort you won’t be disappointed. Nobody knows more about the value of dinner time than Lynn Fredrick. As a single mother, coming home to cook dinner each night after work almost pushed her over the edge – but thankfully, her sons decided to help. As she explains in her story "Kitchen Comforts," she and her boys "started to laugh a lot at dinnertime. My elder son even began to rely on that time of day to share his worries and fears." Designate a few nights each week to have dinner together, and you’ll find yourself looking forward to these special nights with your son.

2. Try something new together. Finding a common interest doesn’t have to be difficult. What teenage boy doesn’t like to eat? And of course, most boys would jump at the chance to take a karate or kickboxing. So, why not take a cooking or martial arts class together? Sharing an activity will help reinvigorate your relationship and provide a wealth of new experiences. When Tanya Breed agreed to take her son Chris on his first fishing trip, she was filled with dread. In "First Day Fishing," Breed remembers cringing as she baited her first hook with a live worm, vowing she would never fish again. But once they returned home, Breed was surprised by Chris’ animation when he told his father about their trip. She realized that his experience was different from her own, and he had a blast. "I had been too engrossed putting the worms on the hook to appreciate the beauty, but Chris had taken it all in." She decided she would make the fishing trip again, this time with a different attitude.

3. Find ways to show you care. For Vanessa Rings’ 12th birthday, she had specific instructions for the festivities, which included a blueprint for the perfect cake. Little did she know that a few days prior, her nine-year old brother Toby had announced that he wanted to bake her birthday cake. In "Baked with Loving Hands," Phyllis Ring explains how she learned more from her son’s passionate endeavor than she thought possible. His focused and determined spirit inspired her to try and show her love in ways other than words – including, through a cake. Remember to show the people around you how much you appreciate them, whether you make a thoughtful card or bake their favorite treat.

4. Share and encourage his interests. After a certain age, many mothers struggle to find ways to spend time with their sons as their interests turn to girls and sports. But in "Mom Has a Wicked Curveball," Tanya J. Tyler’s love of baseball helped her connect with her son Daniel, who grew up without a father figure. As a single mother, she relished passing on the wisdom she gained from playing college softball to her young son. When and where you can, support your son in sports and school. Meet his friends. Watch him perform in the school play or volunteer to be the classroom mother.

5. Be spontaneous. Anyone who has children knows to expect the unexpected. Don’t miss the simple moments you could share with them, because you are too afraid to break lose from your scheduled existence. Plan a surprise camping trip or transform a space in your home where your kids can go to play videogames or watch TV. Sometimes, our greatest memories come from the moments we didn’t anticipate.

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