I'm the mother of two boys. I don't have a female child. Perhaps this colors my opinions somewhat, but I thought I'd share some observations. My boys are 16 (going on 17 in two weeks) and 14.
Boys like to show their love for each other by constant wrestling and just generally annoying each other. Most of the time it goes on until someone gets hurt. I try to just let them have at it now that they're more equally matched size wise, but it's hard to take when they're so close you might end up collateral damage...
Boys have sensitive feelings just like girls, they just express them in different ways. I won't go into details, because they also like their privacy. Hey, at least they're aware enough that I do blog, and I frequently hear, "Don't put this on your blog, MOM!"
Boys and their dads will find things funny that you find gross. You will not understand why they're laughing their butts off until they're practically falling out of their seats. They will probably blow beverages out of their noses when they first start talking about this supposedly funny thing.
It's usually inappropriate for dinner table conversation, but I've decided to handle it by not trying to understand the humor (because every time they try to explain it, they just laugh harder and I still don't get it) and not even trying to get them to stop. Besides, it's rather nice to see you're usually so stressed out Engineer laughing that hard and having that much fun.
Boys are just as capable of any household chore as girls are. There is no such thing as a "girl" chore or a "boy" chore. I know this isn't new information, but The Engineer grew up where there were these distinctions, and therefore, until recently, he hadn't done some of the chores the boys (all three of them) are now doing.
Sometimes they're even better at it than their mother. OYT, for example, is a meticulous master with the vacuum cleaner. Once you get him started (it's the "getting started" part that is rather hard...) he will really do a good job - actually LOOK at what he's doing as opposed to just going through the motions. He'll use the attachments. He will move the furniture!
Boys are just a joy to raise. They are different from me. They think, process, and approach problems differently. These differences make conversation really entertaining. A son's relationship with his mom is very different (wow, my vocabulary is really cooperating with me today...) than that with his dad. I'm glad my sons have both of us to make somewhat of a balance.
Parenting is a tough gig no matter what your family situation is like, and I support all kinds of definitions of family.
All I can say for sure is God knew what he was doing when he gave me only boys. I'm having a blast, and besides, they're really strong and carry stuff for me ;-)
Agree? Disagree? Have some of each and can compare? Discuss!
P.S My blogging mentor, Amanda of House Revivals, now has me trying to use Pinterest and teaching me about “pinnable images,” as I told you recently.
This beautiful image was a gift from her. Would please, if you don't mind, try pinning it. I just want to know if it works. Thanks!