Having children has its challenges and rewards. That said when you are the only woman in a house full of boys you learn the world is a little louder, a little messier and a little more chaotic than you ever realized. Check out four things I’ve learned over the years as a mother of only boys!
Things you only learn when you’re mom to just boys
1: You will discover that dirt is magical.
You never see it coming. You clean and clean and then you turn around and somehow there are cheerios on the floor and handprints on the wall and the strangest part is, you didn’t even think you had cheerios in the house. You can send your precious boy in to the yard and dirt will appear from nowhere. He can stand perfectly still and mud will leap from the fence and smear itself all over his shirt and he will swear blind he ‘never touched it mummy’ . A strong laundry detergent becomes your best friend.
2: Never put your hand in to a pocket blindly.
I promise you this is important. You never, ever know what could be in a small boys pocket. They are a place of small rocks he found fascinating, half chewed pieces of candy, bits of stick he thought the right size to poke his brother with when you aren’t looking, and that is if you are lucky. Unidentified sludge can lurk in every crevice, something black and sticky that has a funky smell can jump at you at any second. You never know. Always empty a pocket by turning it inside out first in a well it and ventilated room.
3: Bodily functions can stop an argument.
Let’s get down to it, when it comes to belching, gas passing and general obnoxious bodily emissions, boys have got this. They have no shame, no fear and no filter. What they do have is a competitive streak a mile long and permanent sense of humour involving gas. I always thought when my children fought I would be there to teach them the art of debate and self-regulation. That hasn’t happened. If there is one thing I’ve learnt from having only boys, it’s that arguments are quick, sometimes violent, forgotten fast and can be immediately diffused by shouting the word ‘fart’ very loudly in to the room.
4: Life will be exciting!
Boys aren’t subtle. They run at things head on to see if they bend. You will apply more band aids to skimmed knees, cut fingers, carpet burns or grazes than you ever thought possible. If you are lucky you will only end up in the emergency room for stitches a couple of times. They throw their heart in to everything and that includes you. They will love you fiercely. You are their role model, you will teach them how to treat women, how to grow up and how to be a man and in return they will love you with every ounce of their being. As they grow up they may show that love in different ways but you will always carry the memory of that little 5yr old with his dirty clothes and full pockets, clinging tightly to your neck as he pours is heart out tell you how much he loves you. Just before he passes gas and runs away laughing.
Do you have boys? What are things you’ve learned while raising them? Tell us in the comments!