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Is it my imagination or do parents of boys always look slightly more tired than other parents? I don’t sign up to gender stereotypes but when I had my 20 week scan and saw (clearly!) that there was another boy on the way I admit to wondering whether my 39-year-old body would stand up to the physical demands of TWO of the spritely creatures. And a little part of me secretly yearned for a daughter.
Being a parent of boys comes with its own unique challenges and joys. Here are some things I’ve learned along the way.
They are unstoppable
When I was pregnant someone told me that boys should be exercised like dogs – i.e. a good run twice a day. I let out a nervous half-laugh – an overstatement, surely? Fast forward to 18 months into toddlerhood, and what became my daily ritual of eldest boy banging on the front door to go to the park before I’d swallowed my porridge. This boy is like a springer spaniel after 10 Red Bulls, there is simply no tiring him out. Compared with their female counterparts my boys rise earlier – WAY earlier – and don’t stop until they drop.
No two children are the same of course, but 10 years down the line and with a six year old now in the mix I can safely say that exercise is key! It’s a serotonin and oxytocin thing, apparently.
They will pee on your floor
Let’s be honest, some MEN don’t always manage this so it should come as no surprise that boys don’t always have the best aim. As soon as potty training is mastered and your little prince is ready to relieve himself ‘big-boy style’ it only takes the tiniest distraction – their entire body will follow the sound taking their perfect arc with it. Top tip: Toilet balls are a game-changer.
Their private parts fascinate them
I know – shocking. Boys’ obsession with willies starts surprisingly early starting with pure wonderment and pride at what lies between their legs. Stage two, which can last several years, is grabbing stage and it seemingly never gets old. Toddler erections only serve to fuel their favourite pastime. As bewildering as it is, it’s arguably the one thing all boys have in common.
Boys adore their mummys
Now this I was not expecting. All children love their mums of course, but the way boys show their love to their mothers is something else. That’s not to say that girls aren’t loving, but man – boys! I have been showered with heart-melting kisses, marriage proposals and cuddles from my boys for as long as they’ve know how. Granted, my experience of girls is second hand but if the mummy grapevine is to be believed there is definitely something in it.
Are you detecting a theme here? I don’t remember reading about toilet humour as part of child language development but believe me – it’s a thing! If I had a pound for the times I’ve heard ‘bum, wee, fart [giggle], bum, wee, fart [giggle]’ I would be one rich mama. Girls aren’t immune to the hilariousness of bums and willies of course, but for boys it never gets old. Like, NEVER.
They like stuff that moves
I was always sceptical about the idea that boys are naturally more drawn to trains and cars and I’m very careful to avoid imposing gender stereotypes. But put them in a room full of toys and my sons would invariably go for something with wheels. Whether it’s watching windscreen wipers or charging a car into a wall boys gravitate towards motion – it’s just the way they’re built. According to researchers boys are attracted to objects that improve their spatial abilities and long distance navigation skills – something that is thought to be linked to their traditional role as hunters. Who knew?
I never saw myself as a mother of all boys, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
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