What I’ve Learned as a Mother of Boys

I was thinking the other day of all the random knowledge I’ve acquired that I never would have learned if I hadn’t have had two little boys.  It made me chuckle and I thought I’d post some of these little treasures for you fellow mothers and fathers.

I’m sure some of these things are the same for both girls and boys but since I only have my little guys, I speak from the masculine side of things.  Also, because my oldest is only 6, I’m aware that my “wisdom” will only grow more expansive as they move into pre-teens, teens and men.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  • Most importantly, you can never have enough rocks, trains, Legos or Matchbox cars.
  • I now know the differences between backhoe loaders, excavators, and skid steers.
  • Carpeting in a bathroom used by boys is a very, very bad thing.  (This little nugget comes from also being a renter and having zero say on some design choices in the house!)
  • Having brothers hug can easily turn into one being on the receiving end of a half-nelson.
  • Mud puddles are God’s gift to us.  Run through them as many times as possible before a grown-up catches you.
  • Shoes should not be judged by comfort, color, or brand – only by which superhero is on them.
  • Anything can be climbed with enough will, effort, and lack of fear.
  • Camping is a great excuse to get to pee outside.
  • Teddies make good time-out buddies.
  • When they get lice from school, you have the option to shave their head as part of the treatment.
  • Dump trucks are the accessory of choice.
  • Digging in dirt offers hours of entertainment!
  • Pink is a totally acceptable favorite color until a boy turns 4.  The switch to a “manlier” color occurs younger if they have an older brother to fill them in.
  • Going to the beach is more like an exercise in who can bring home the most sand on their person.
  • Band-Aids really do make ouchies better.  Transformer Band-Aids turn them into a badge of honor and coolness.
  • No, some days, they really can’t keep their hands off of each other.
  • Legos are the very worst toy to step on in the middle of the night.
  • Scrapes, bumps, and bruises are all part of the territory.  (Fingers crossed – we haven’t had a broken bone yet!)
  • Pigpen really does exist.  And he lives at my house.
  • And finally, having little boys is just REALLY FUN!

It’s amazing how much children change our lives.  We become less concerned about ourselves and much more concerned about these little people we’ve been given to raise.  In the process, we find that we have grown beyond what we ever could have been without them in our lives.

If you have any fun things that you’ve learned from your little girl or boy, feel free to post it so we can all laugh because we’ve been through it too!

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