5 Things Nobody Told Me About Raising Boys!by Andrea Benton
Usually I blog about tablet technology (which you can read about here) but since I’ve spent the last five days with my two young boys, 3 years old and 4 ½, I thought I would change things up a bit.
The more parenting I do the more I realize that it is about survival and nature over nurture, particularly when raising boys.
Here are my recent observations:
1. Moms who have boys dress for functionality a.k.a. survival as opposed to moms with girls, who (sigh) look all pretty and dressed up.
That’s not to say that moms of boys don’t look put together, it’s just different. I dress each morning to ensure that if I have to do the 100 meter dash to catch my son I can.
2. I understand why there is so much fighting in the world.
My boys love each other very much, but let me tell you 15 seconds after they get up in the morning, there can be screaming and fighting over a toy, a day-old dried-up blueberry or a sock. It doesn’t matter. There always seems to be the need to show who is more dominant in the relationship at any given time.
3. I know more about dinosaurs, monitor lizards, and trains than I can imagine.
At some point this information will be useful, right?
4. My bathroom constantly smells like an outhouse and there is nothing I can do about it, no matter how often I clean it.
Apparently, aiming for a large white bowl is a daily challenge. I guess having a small dangling thing between your legs is tough. (I must admit I’m really glad I don’t have one.)
5. The constant potty-talk about poo and pee is relentless.
We have poo-head, pee head, chugga chugga poo poo and many others. I tried to outlaw it but realized the more I reacted the more potty talk I heard. For now, I’m chalking it up to a phase.
So while all of the above makes life interesting and wanting me to pull my hair out on many occasions, there is one aspect of raising boys that is very special - it is the unconditional love a mother receives. It is wholesome, honest and unbreakable. Is my life chaotic, absolutely, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Agree or disagree - what’s the best thing about raising boys? Tweet me @weebootMom or email me at email@example.com.