This morning I woke up to a wonderfully spot on a post on FB from “Warrior Prayers – Praying the Word for Boys“,
I can’t count the number of girl moms who have given me the “squinty eyes” and asked, “Do they act that way all the time?” I often want to glare right back and say, “Only when they’re not sleeping.” 😉
As I have mentioned before, I only started realising the differences between boys and girls late into the game, when Mittens was going onto his second year. Both boys are the fourth and fifth grandsons, no girls, so boys was all I knew. The utter chaos when all the boys were together was just how life is.
In one of my previous posts, that was only the start of things. Like the people who responded to the above FB post, I’ve felt the sympathy, the glares, the disbelief. No I don’t regret having boys or envy parents with girls. Ok, ok, occasionally when they’re just a wee bit TOO bouncy, I do, especially when they won’t sit still, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. And so what if I think I need a little break without the boys – I need a lot more energy to keep up with them, you know?
I’m slowly learning to smile politely and shrug off the comments, and look to a select few for inspiration. Like those with more boys. Or friends who do think that boys should be active and don’t mind them bouncing around in their houses or playing shooting with them. Or those who give me a little perspective – like when I asked if it was only boys who had the problem of listening, one friend asked if I knew any man who did know how to listen. No wonder God made woman after he made man 😀 Apparently even with teachers there are some who understand and love boys more than others, and these are the people under which boys will thrive.
Maybe it’s just easier to like girls, and takes more effort to love and work with boys. Whatever it is, I’m definitely making a more conscious decision to surround the boys and myself with more positive influences and people who inspire and support us so that they can just be boys. And while there are days when my energy levels are low (and there seem to be so much of that recently), and my patience wearing thin, I will now remind myself of what one mummy said, “This may be why God gives boys to some moms…those willing and able to understand them.”!
If, like me, you’re a MOB (Moms of Boys) and need a little inspiration, hop on over to The Mob Society!