5 Important Things to Know About Raising Boys
I have been blessed with two boys and one daughter, but there is a difference in raising boys and raising girls.
These are my five things to know about raising boys.
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1. Boys need to get their wiggles out
Everyday I get home from work, my son asks me if we can wrestle. After we are done wrestling, he asks me if we can play monster. His game of “monster” is pretty much like wrestling.
After that, my boys want to play tag. Once that is done, my boys want to play hide and seek.
Meanwhile, my daughter is laying on the couch reading her chapter books or playing dolls.
Boys need to get their wiggles out. And sometimes, it creates fun bonding moments with my boys, so I can’t complain.
2. They will get really excited to pee on a tree
Let’s face it. When you potty train boys, it’s a lot easier to pull over on the side of the road during road trips to pee.
But as soon as you let them pee on a tree once, it’s all they want to do moving forward.
I once looked outside and found my son peeing off our deck and into the grass.
It’s one of those things that will happen and you just have to learn to embrace it and remember these stories for your son’s wedding day!
3. Raising boys requires an adventurous spirit
Boys are very spontaneous. They are willing to take more risks than girls. But they don’t always think about the potential consequences of their actions.
My son recently got a Spiderman skateboard for his birthday. He wanted one so bad, so we found one on sale and anything with Spiderman is a win-win in his book.
However, he has no idea how to skateboard. But he is adventurous and doesn’t care. Once he gets his helmet, hand pads and knee pads on, he hops on that skateboard like he is Tony Hawk.
As his father, it makes me nervous watching him try all of these new things, but I know this is what he needs to grow and be confident in himself!
4. They need a lot of hugs from their parents
Our daughter can be clingy at times and always makes sure to give us hugs and kisses. I love it.
But don’t forget that your boys need that from their parents when they are young too.
My sons absolutely love when we show them our love with hugs and kisses. Sometimes the hugs turn into tickle fights. Let it happen. It’s important to form those relationships early in your son’s life.
5. Boys are full of energy
See #1. As a father of two boys and one girl, I can fully attest that boys have way more energy than girls.
They wake up early and still seem to have plenty of energy leading right up to bed time.
It can be exhausting. But understand that we will look back on those moments as parents and wish we could get them back!
I try to embrace those high energy moments as much as I can.