Monday, September 22, 2014

25 Truths About Boys

Posted By Devin

As most of you know, I am mother to four little boys; ages 10, 9, 6, and 4. Tara has four boys of similar ages herself so between the two of us you might say we are something of "boy experts." And over the past 10 years of raising sons, I have learned a thing or two that I thought I would share with all of you. Perhaps you might be expecting a new little baby boy to your family? If so, pay attention, because here are my 25 Truths About Boys.

Truth #1 - Things get lost. Often. - I really don't think boys can be bothered with little details like where their water bottle or jacket or shoes might be, they have too many other things to do like climb a tree or kick a ball around. Besides, mom can just buy new stuff, right?

Truth #2 - They get hurt. A lot. - Scraped knees, bruised shins, splinters in palms, fat lips, black eyes... If you're gonna have little boys around, make sure you have an ample first aid kit.

Truth #3 - They love cereal at night. This never changes.

Truth #4 - Sometimes they just need to where a cape. Everywhere.

Truth #5 - They horde treasures. - And anything and everything can be a "treasure." Rocks, twigs, seashells, coins, tiny beads and craft materials they find on the floor at Hobby Lobby... these all apply. You will find these collections stashed in various places and you will be absolutely forbidden to throw them out.

Truth #6 - If you throw anything out, you will never hear the end of it. - Make sure to hide your Goodwill box, or they will pull everything right back out of it. If something is going into the garbage, stuff it down in there good and out of sight or they will pull it right back out too. And then they will look at you with those sad, puppy dog eyes brimming with tears in a way that clearly says "you have betrayed me mother." Sigh...

Truth #7 - You have to beg them to bathe, but once they're in there they will refuse to come out.

Truth #8 - There is nothing more fun than wrestling with their dad. Nothing.

Truth #9 - A single frog can keep them entertained for hours.

Truth #10 - They love fire. - I'm not sure who came up with the saying "like moths to a flame," it should really be "like boys to a flame."

Truth #11 - They WILL have a cars-obession stage. - If someone you know is going to be having a boy, you should just take Hot Wheels to the baby shower. They're going to need them and they're going to need a lot because toy cars are another of those frequently lost items...

Truth #12 - Going shirtless is always preferred. - Unless it's snowing. Weeeellll... nah, shirtless is still preferred.

Truth #13 - They love plastic bugs. And those suckers are gonna scare the crap out of you.

Truth #14 - They love real bugs. And those suckers are gonna scare the crap out of you.

Truth #15 - If you buy them a Nerf gun, the bullets will multiply and spread like a bad disease. - You will be finding them all over your house, car, yard, roof, etc. for the Rest. Of Your. Life.

Truth #16 - There are no shoes that are cooler than boots.

Truth #17 - They would rather live in a self-made fort than the Taj Majal.

Truth #18 - If they see a flower, they WILL pick it for you. - Which is the sweetest thing EVER and makes your momma-heart swell but is also a bit of a problem when it's straight out of the florist display at the store.

Truth #19 - They all know how to make gun and car and farting noises. - It's, like, in their DNA or something. No one ever teaches them, they just know how to do it. Oh, and they also know how to burp on demand.

Truth #20 - They like video games. - And if you never tell them to stop, they never will. You have been warned.

Truth #21 - Goggles are fun to wear whether there's water involved or not.

Truth #22 - They're loud. - If they're not loud, find them immediately. Something bad and potentially destructive is in the works.

Truth #23 - They always prefer to pee outside.  Again, this never changes.

Truth #24 - With that being said, good luck with potty training. It's a doozy.

Truth #25 - They love hugs and kisses and squeezes and snuggles. Don't let them fool you. They do.

Little boys are incredibly sweet and funny and energetic and loving and creative and messy all wrapped up into one awesome little person.  They have my heart and I couldn't love them more! If you are blessed enough to have a little boy in your life (or perhaps, 4?), squeeze them tight, soak in all of the fun, and enjoy the ride!

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At September 22, 2014 at 8:03 AM , Blogger Renee Tribou said...

I have two little boys, ages 6 and 3, and you hit the nail on the head with this post! They keep me on my toes and melt my them to pieces! One of my favorite quotes is "Mothers of little boys work from son up till son down".

At September 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Imogen said...

What a great idea for a post. I learned a lot since I only grew up around other girls.

At September 22, 2014 at 10:18 PM , Blogger Rachel @ Verdin Road said...

Love this post Devin!!

At September 23, 2014 at 4:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet post!

At September 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM , Blogger bethany dearden said...

Such a cute post! As a mom of a toddler boy, I can agree with almost all of these :)

At October 1, 2014 at 2:44 AM , Blogger Blair Lonergan said...

As a mom to three boys, I can totally relate to these "truths"! Love this post! :)

At November 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM , Anonymous Jenna said...

AFter raising two girls, I'm now blessed to be raising two boys and you've nailed it! This was a delight to read. Found you at Tatertots and Jello's link party palooza.

At November 22, 2014 at 3:43 AM , Blogger Julia Nyanyo said...

Amen, Amen, Amen! I nearly spilt my tea you made me laugh so much - I only have 2 and they are 15 and 18 now. They still eat cereal every evening and still have a box full of stones and coins and feathers, why????.
I love #18, my oldest boy also used to bring me anything pretty he found anywhere, so I have a small collection with ribbon/lace flowers that must have dropped off girls hair accessories at school, sequin hearts from table confetti etc that he found and gave to me.
#22 is the most useful piece of advice anyone can even give to a new parent.


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