I have been a boy-mom for almost 14 years now. When my oldest son was born, I never imagined I would be a mom to not just one, but three boys. You won’t find Barbies, a Disney Princess or anything pink in my house. You will find lots of Legos, Superheroes and Minecraft. Here are 10 things I have learned as a mom to 3 boys.
1. To always look before I sit down to pee
I learned this lesson really quick.
2. That boys don’t have to play (or even like) sports
My boys are actually all involved in the arts and don’t play any sports. We took them to a baseball game and they were bored out of their minds. And you know what? That is totally okay. My oldest plays percussion in band and #2 is very active in community theatre. My youngest was also recently cast in his first play. They all still have practices and learn how to work together to do something amazing which is pretty much the whole point right?
3. To take water and snacks with us everywhere
Boys are always hungry. As soon as they could eat solid food I always had to have some sort of snack with us. So now I either bring snacks and water with us or am prepared to grab a little something while we are out and about.
4. Fart jokes will always be funny
This one I just don’t get. You would think they would grow out of this by around 13. But, nope. Fart and poop jokes are super popular at my house. And for some reason they always seem to come up at dinner time.
5. Their clothes will never ever actually make it in the hamper
When we first moved into this house, I purchased a beautiful wicker hamper with a lid. I knew it would be visible in the hallway upstairs so I wanted it to look nice. The clothes never, seriously never, actually make it in the hamper. The closest they get is on top. Most of the time they are still on the bathroom floor where they took them off before their shower.
6. They have no volume control
They are either super loud or perfectly quiet. There is no in between. When you call me, be prepared for it to sound like they are killing a cat in the background.
7. They can be fighting one minute and be best friends the next
I am an only child, so having 3 kids is just bonkers. I wanted nothing more than to have a sibling. So the fact that they fight ALL THE TIME, just doesn’t make sense to me. One minute they are yelling at each other at the top of their lungs and the next they are literally sharing a chair playing Minecraft on the computer.
8. Jeans will always get holes in the knees no matter which brand you buy
Seriously. I don’t know what these kids do at school. I can guarantee you every pair of jeans my youngest owns will have holes in the knees come winter. We have tried Old Navy, Target, Crazy 8… doesn’t matter. They all rip eventually. But ripped jeans are in right?
9. If they are playing quietly together, just leave them alone
My husband has a hard time with this one. If I notice all 3 of them are playing nicely together in another room, I just leave them be. There aren’t a lot of quiet moments in this house so I take it wherever I can get it.
10. No matter how old they are, they still need hugs from mom and dad
When they get hurt or have just had a bad day, hugs from mom and dad just make things a little bit better. Every single night before my kids go to bed, they always come over and give us a hug. I hope this never stops.