When I found out my first child was going to be a boy, it was a surprise and one that came with a lot of adjustments. As he grew and I went on to give birth to my three other boys, the things I had to learn as a mom and member of the opposite sex became more plentiful as well. Here is just a sampling of the delightful things I have had to learn as the mom of 4 boys.
How to Pee Standing Up
Let me assure all of you, that until I had boys, this is something I had little interest in learning how to do. As a single mom to my oldest three, it was unfortunately something I was forced to learn. It was either that or let me boys be ridiculed by schoolmates later in life when they sat down to do their business. As a modest person, teaching my boys how to potty standing up was quite a feat, but we eventually got it down.
How to Play Bakugans and the Names of All the G.I. Joe Men
Mothers of girl get to play tea party and barbies, things I am familiar with from my own childhood. As a mother of boys, I have had to learn how to play other things, like Bakugans, which by the way are sometimes frustratingly hard to close and I just want to shoot them with a BB gun. I also know the names of all the G.I. Joe men and whether they are good or bad guys.
Boys Have One Level and It Isn’t Quiet
A valuable lesson that I learned early on as the mother of multiple boys, is that when they get together, they have one level and that is ultra sonic loud! They are naturally louder than girls and their screaming matches can rival a WWF death match.
Bugs and Dirt Are Our Friends
I hate messes. It annoys me when things get dirty and I can’t stand having grime on me. Even growing up in a farm setting, raising animals and planting food in a garden did not cure me of this, but being a mom of 4 boys has. I have learned that if it wiggles and is squishy, then it is something to love and embrace. The dirtier the better in fact!
Bodily Functions Are Hilarious and Happen Often
Some days there is so much gas in this house from four boys and a man that I am literally terrified to light my candles. Seriously though, boys will let one rip at any moment and when one does, they all do or at least try to and it is the funniest thing they have ever heard.
Boys Love Their Mommy
Perhaps the most amazing thing I have learned from being the mom of boys is that they do in fact love their mommy. Given the opportunity to go somewhere with Matt or with me, they would choose me every time. I am the center of their world and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Are you a mom of boys too? Have a special skill you have had to learn as a result? Share it below. Moms of girls, care to share some stories from the other side?