Ten Things I’ve Done As a Boy Mom

Have you read Rachel Balducci’s How Do You Tuck in a Superhero?: And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys yet? If you are a boy mom you really need to read it as soon as possible. She captures all the terrors and joys of being a mother of boys.

Reading it brought back so many memories for me that I just had to share a few things I’ve done as a boy mom:

1.) Safety-pinned a hand towel to my son’s shoulders as a cape and then spent the day running errands with him that way.
2.) Removed poop from pool table felt with Fantastic and a soft, white, cotton cloth. (Blot, don’t rub.)
3.) Memorized the theme song to Spongebob Squarepants completely against my will.
4.) Learned and taught others what question to yell at the top of your lungs to request admittance to Cub Scout BB gun and archery ranges.

 5.) Had a kid (not mine) who wasn’t paying attention barely miss me with an arrow.
6.) Taught a half-dozen third-graders how to use a pocket knife. In my living room. At midnight one Saturday night.
7.) Sent a fourteen-year-old across the country to hike for two weeks with a fifty pound pack on his back with two pairs of underwear, half a toothbrush, and lots of warnings about bears and mountain lions.
 8.) Developed an appreciation for Chuck Norris jokes.
9.) Bought as many as five gallons of milk and five loaves of bread per week when both boys were having a growth spurt at the same time.
10.) Recently discovered my twenty-year-old hasn’t combed his hair in two years. He just washes it and then shakes like a dog. *sigh*


I’m linking this up to Top Ten Tuesdays and Share Your Awesome at Momma Made It Look Easy.

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17 thoughts on “Ten Things I’ve Done As a Boy Mom”

  1. Oh. My. WORD. I am completely laughing so hard at so much here – half a toothbrush, the midnight pocket knife lesson, the poop on the pool table…I SO get it.

    I had a girl first then had two boys that are 15 months apart. They are now 3 and 4 and all I can say is WOW. Boys and girls are SO different. I must get this book ASAP.

    I once saw a plaque that said “Moms of boys work from son up to son down.” AMEN.

    Yet through the ridiculously loud laughs and warrior cries, they have the ability to melt my heart because boys DO indeed love their mamas something fierce.

    So I switch gears in communicating with my daughter, who likes to talk in 1,000 word sentences, to my boys who do better with just ten. It’s making me more versatile.

    What a great blog you have – so nice to “meet” you here!

    1. You will LOVE the book! And I have no doubt having kiddos of both genders makes you more versatile. When I’ve watched my nieces or friends’ daughters it amazes me the differences between the two. With both I bet you’re emotionally AND physically exhausted!

  2. Oh, number 10 made me laugh out loud! Is this what I have to look forward to? We have 2 and 3 year old boys and it is a hoot. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world! 🙂

  3. I have so much to look forward to 😉 R and I were both slightly – ok – A LOT – disappointed at first that girls weren’t in the cards for us, but now I wouldn’t have it any other way. I never did really did like pink, anyway.

  4. I always wanted a boy and ended up having two girls. Thankfully, they are just boys who like to wear bright pink and aqua blue with jewels to match. They would love to learn how to use a pocket knife at midnight and if I didn’t brush their hair…they would definitely use the same shake and go method as your 20 year old son. 😉

  5. Yes, boys are different. I have only had a son for a year. He is seven. He has only had a mom for a year. He is so different from my girls, and yet…just right.
    It’s sweet how you are shaped by the things you have done because of your boys.

    1. Seven is such a wonderful age for boys. They are 99% “little boy”, but every now and then you get a glimpse of the young men they will turn into. That was one of my favorite ages with both my boys – enjoy!!

  6. Mother of one boy here, aged eight. Oh the potty humor…. gah!! And, I spent one afternoon last week in the ER because he was being silly in class and fell over backwards and hit his head on the brick wall. It is never dull… but then, I have a rough and tumble little girl too… so it is kinda like having two boys.

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