How to survive life with a son

My mom told me that raising a boy was different than raising a girl. I took her words with a grain of salt because at the time, we just had our girl. Babies are babies. How different can they really be? Other than having to duck when changing a boy's diaper.

Now that I have a son, I take her words as those from an expert. I've had a few years of training with my boy and I am now going to pass my knowledge of how to survive life with a son onto you.

In the first few years, the difference between boys and girls is trivial. Just always remember to duck! Once your boy becomes mobile and vocal, you need to start stocking up. Here are some of the supplies you will need. If you have anymore to add o the list, please leave them in the comments below.

Baby gates and plug covers
Step aerobics should be done on your own time. Not 50 million times a day because your son won't stop climbing the darn steps. It is also inevitable that your son will try to stick anything he can get his hands onto into any hole he can find.

A plunger
This goes along with boys sticking anything they can get their hands on into any hole they can find. You might want to also add a pipe snake to the list. Drano won't do a darn thing for Q-tips shoved down the drain of the bathroom sink.

Lots and lots of laundry soap. And stain remover
My son is like most other boys I have seen throughout the years. Pig Pen. If there is dirt, it will stick to him like flies on.... well, he gets dirty. A lot!

Stain remover is great for grass stains and food stains. As of now, my favorite go to brand is Zout. As a precaution, I would recommend picking up a tub of OxiClean as well. It really comes in handy when said boy leaves crayons in his pockets and you throw your favorite sweatshirt in the washer/dryer with his stuff.

And Billy Mayes, may he rest in peace, was correct in yelling at you to make a paste. Make it. Use it. And stop crying.

Ear plugs
Girls may squeal, but that is nothing compared to a boy. They yell. A lot. Ok, all the freakin time! These little boy creatures perceive their tone as normal. Telling them to "Shhh" does not work. That word is not, nor will it ever be, in their vocabulary.

A high quality vacuum
Their yelling is deceiving. Their mouths are not as big as you think. This causes a problem when boys go to eat. Not all of the food makes it into their mouths.

Of course, if it doesn't bother you for a dog to eat table scraps, you could get one of those instead.

Air freshener
Boys stink. Trust me, you need this!

toilet latch - toys flushed @boycrazedmomma

Until next time....


Unknown said...

Ah, this made me laugh! I just had my son, and I will be stocking up on all these products!! :-P

Proud Wifey And Mommii of 3 said...

This made me giggle, I live this life everyday with 2 toddler boys. They find anything to flush & its true if there is dirt around he automatically sticks to them.

Susan said...

Funny, boys are definitely different from girls, I'll give you that.

But I need every single one of these items for my 2-year-old daughter (except the air freshener). She can scale a 39" high gate that's all vertical metal bars, folks.

She's a totally different person from her older sister. Maybe she took some lessons from my 2 boys?

Kmama said...

I can't recommend stain remover enough. For clothes, for furniture, for carpets, etc. My boys are constantly making messes.

Unknown said...

Fun list and all completely true - this coming from the Mother of 3 boys.