Raising kids is a amazing adventure. Whether we have boys or girls–or both–each gender group comes with unique challenges. As a mother who only has boys–four to be exact–I’ve found that there are certain statements that I tend to say repeatedly on a daily basis. And to be honest, I’m still a little surprised that I say most of these…
1. Where did all the food and drinks go?
I seriously say this on a daily basis. It’s crazy. One time, I bought 10 Lunchables on sale at Walmart, and ALL TEN were consumed in ONE DAY…along with the whole box of Capri Suns. I guess I’ll be getting my Costco membership very soon.
2. What’s that smell on your hands–in this room–on your clothes, etc.?
I’ve learned to embrace the “name that smell” game. Really. I couldn’t survive, if I didn’t. I am honestly a little impressed by how they are able to up their game. From poop to B.O. to toots to something rancid they found outside, those little boogers keep me guessing.
3. Put some clothes on! You can’t run around the neighborhood in your undies.
Okay, only three of the boys in this picture are mine. And, two of them are the ones with shirts off. And, yes, this is the norm around here.
4. Please bring the noise level DOWN!
Noise is normal in my house of boys whether they are singing songs or engaged in a Pokemon battle. But, for the love, this mama needs the level to come down just a bit. Whew!
5. When was the last time you brushed your teeth–took a shower–put on deodorant?
The struggle is real, Folks. Some boys are more aware of the stench than others. But, I’ve come to realize that my boys have more tolerance for stinky than I do. Or, they’re just proud of it. Either way, they often need a friendly reminder to get clean.
6. Keep your hands to YOURSELF…and specifically off your brother/sister!
At any given moment, one of my boys is waiting in the wings ready to pounce and take his siblings down in a good old wrestling match. There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of this, but every 10 minutes is a bit much…don’t you think? I mean, I seriously feel like a referee some days.
7. Thank you, Buddy. I love you too.
This statement is my very favorite. As rough and tumble as boys are at times, they sure can be sweet to their mamas. I’ll gladly tell them “thank you” and “I love you” as many times as I can.
Moms of boys, do any of these statements sound familiar? If so, I hope it put a smile on your face and reminded you that we are all in the beautiful trenches of raising kiddos together. And, I’d love to hear your common statements to your male brood too.
Thank you for reading, sharing, and responding, Friends.