Friday, August 11, 2006

The Joy Of Boys

I thought it would be fun for all the moms who have been blessed with many boys or only boys (so far) to give their tips or joys of raising boys.

I was 19 when I had my first son. I had wanted a girl from the time I was a girl. It was just what I thought I needed. Well my dh and I were blessed with our first precious little boy in Nov of 95. Then we proceeded to here those words 4 more times “It’s a BOY” By the time I was 28 I had been blessed with 5 lovely, perfect, healthy baby boys! What a blessing. I had succumbed to being a mom to sons. In fact when any one asked do you want a girl I would say “nope not really” I love my boys. Then we became pregnant with # 6 and I just assumed like all the rest that we were having another boy. On June 4th the shock of my life occurred as I looked down at my precious baby who happened to be missing a very important part of the boy anatomy. I could not believe my eyes. It was indeed a girl! I was in shock for days as I glanced at her in awe. I giggled every time I changed her diaper. And went pink crazy. Do I love my daughter? You bet! Would I want 5 daughters? I’ll have to think on that one! LOL. She is a cutie, but a different kind of creature than all my boys.

So what about boys do I love so much? They are care free. Running and jumping, climbing, inventing. They get over things fast and move on. Forgiving, loving. They don’t care what they ware, very low maintenance. They catch bugs for me in the house. They carry the groceries in. They are learning to be great husbands. They one day will be great men who in turn will have wives and children.

What are some tips I have on raising boys?

1) Well the first and foremost is make sure you have tile in your bathroom around the toilet as well as up the walls behind it. We decided when we remodel the boys bathroom we are going to put in a urinal. Not sure if this will help with the messes, but its worth a try!

2) Give them lots of trash to play with. LOL Not like normal trash…you know boxes and empty plastic containers from the kitchen. Allow them to take apart old electronics when they brake. My boys make so much out of what I call “trash”.

3) Boys need space to run around and in our house this includes inside as well. We have a large circle path in our house around all the rooms, that they are aloud to run around when given permission in a structured way. We take early morning trips to the park and spend as much time as possible outside.

4) Give them one task at a time to do, don’t expect multitasking. That was a gift given from The Lord to mothers alone. LOL

5) Be gentle, loving, speak kindly, lift them up to the Lord on a daily basis that he would strengthen them and make them the men He needs them to be.

So share your boy-joys and tips with us!

2 comments:

GINA said...

WHEN BRANDON AND JOSH WERE LITTLE THEY LOVED TO DO ANYTHING OUTDOORS. AND BOYS SEEM TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING. WE HAVE SOME VERY BIG OLD TREES IN THE YARD--SO MANY STICKS HAVE BECOME SO MANY THINGS-JOSH STILL LOVES BIKING AND RIDING SKATE BOARDS AND BEING AN ALL AROUND DAREDEVIL AND BRANDON LOVES HUNTING AND FISHING. THEY ARE NOW SOON TO BE 18 AND 21. JUST THOUGHT I WOULD THROW THE AGE IN TO MAKE ROB FEEL OLD. LOL

Tiany said...

Wonderful post! Im sure by now with 3 and one on the way I have lots of boy tips to share but I cant think of one right now, loved reading yours though! Im tired today and on my way to nap with the BOYS! :-)

Oh that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Duet 5:29