Having a son is an incredible blessing, and other boy moms understand this. There’s an unspoken bond we all have with one another; it evolves out of the joyful exhaustion we all share.
Boys are endless sources of energy. They run, jump, climb, wrestle, dive, swim, and roll. They rarely sit still, and it’s our job to keep them safe in spite of themselves.
Being a boy mom means someone might mistake your toddler for a feral child. This is totally normal. My suggestion is just go with it and blame it on the pack of wolves that raised him.
Having a son means they can look at you a certain way and melt your entire heart. They’ll make you understand unconditional love, and you’ll feel compelled to raise a good man.
Being a boy mom means cars, and trains, and endless chases. It means terrible aim. It means cuddling and showing emotions and teaching that feminism is for men, too.
It means a lot of things, as the funny parents of Twitter understand.
Different priorities, for example:
At least 80% of raising boys is asking them to get their hands out of their pants.
— Ramblin Mama (@ramblinma) February 23, 2017
Just once, I want to wake up with the same sense of renewed optimism my 5yo has as he requests candy for breakfast for the 25th day in a row
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) December 6, 2016
A LOT of determination:
My 3yo "accidentally" unspooled the entire roll of toilet paper. But don't worry, he "fixed" it. pic.twitter.com/MFKWJ2rNqi
— ReasonsMySonIsCrying (@ReasonsMySonCry) October 24, 2014
It means being prepared to get called into battle at any moment:
Parenting little boys means finding a light saber on your pillow & hearing "wanna battle?" whispered 2 inches from your face. At 6 a.m.
— Karen Johnson (@21stcenturysahm) February 16, 2017
And potty training for the remainder of the foreseeable future:
If you want to know what unconditional love looks like, potty train a little boy, and continue to do so until he goes to college.
— bottom of my purse (@Bottomofmypurse) January 22, 2018
Raising boys means dealing with lots of honesty:
Son: Mom you look like you're 20 …
Son: … thousand years old.
— Deva Dalporto (@mylifesuckers) July 11, 2016
SON: you're pretty
SON: even when you just waked up you're so pretty
SON: can i have Doritos for lunch
ME: there it is
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) June 16, 2017
They have many talents:
My son the poet pic.twitter.com/PsroWI61Po
— ceeks (@70Ceeks) March 19, 2015
And insatiable appetites:
"I want a snack." – my kids, while they're eating
— Ashley Austrew (@ashleyaustrew) April 25, 2016
My four year old is watching Toy Story for the first time ever and he just whispered to himself, “Alive toys… I knew it.”
— tragic ally (@TragicAllyHere) February 8, 2018
And sometimes they’re the smartest:
Was arguing with my 2 y/o for 30 minutes about why he needs to wear his pants and now we're both sitting in our underwear eating donuts
— paperwash© (@PaperWash) October 13, 2013
Sometimes they’re a little too smart:
I was arguing with my husband and my son screamed "yay! TWO christmases!" from the other room.
— JennyPentland (@JennyPentland) May 6, 2017
And yet, sometimes:
my son just locked himself in a dog cage.
….so we're thinking harvard.
— frnkiero: Party Dad (@FrankIero) November 23, 2017
And also that one other time:
7: I'm beating you!
7: I'm way ahead!
Me: I see that.
7: I'm gonna win!
My son on the carousel horse in front of me.
— Master of Mediocrity (@charliedelta7) March 13, 2016
Sometimes they’re kinda gross:
5: daddy can I tell you a secret?
Me: sure thing buddy
5: *grabs my face and whispers* I just pooped and I didn't wash my hands
— DaddyJew (@DaddyJew) June 9, 2015
Boys can hold a grudge like no other:
This kid asked me for some skittles but I had just finished them so he stared at me like this the entire flight pic.twitter.com/Doavgl6ZX1
— joshua kimmich stan (@CallMeHuss) September 3, 2015
But no two boys are exactly the same:
My youngest is being tested for the gifted program at his elementary school and my other son thinks his toothbrush is haunted.
— eric (@ericsshadow) March 25, 2016
They all like whatever they like:
Mom 1: That's my little boy on first base
Mom 2: Mine's pitching.
Me: That's my son spinning around in the outfield singing "Let it Go".
— Nix M (@LaLuchaNix) September 7, 2016
But some life lessons are universal:
I'm coaching my son's soccer team because it's important that he knows I'll swear at other kids, too.
— Rodney Lacroix (@moooooog35) April 13, 2015
Especially when it comes to how to treat their mom:
10yo: I want the last brownie?
Me: it’s mom’s
Me: life advice, son. The last brownie is ALWAYS moms. Always. Stay safe.
— No Idea: Daddy Blog (@byclintedwards) February 17, 2018
Yes, being a boy mom means that everyone at Urgent Care probably knows you by name. Yes, it means that things in your house will inevitably be destroyed. But it also means getting to have a special bond with a little boy who thinks you’re the center of his world, and that makes everything else completely worth it.