What Every Mom Should Know About Raising Boys

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If you’re a woman raising a girl, you can always fall back on your own memories to understand what they’re going through, and assure yourself that you’re doing all the right things as a mother. Sometimes having little girls you just have a more natural understanding of them. When you’re raising boys, on the other hand, you don’t have that advantage. If you’re expecting a boy or you’ve just delivered one, here are some things you should know about the years ahead of you…

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Boys Never Stop Moving
From the moment they come diving onto your bed at five in the gosh-darn morning until they pass out from exhaustion around bedtime, boys have one gear: go. This means that your male toddler could be sitting on the floor playing with their favorite toy one minute, and busy climbing the kitchen table the next. They probably won’t slow down until they hit their teenage years, but in a few years, you’ll be able to get up to speed with them. One of the best ways to deal with all this burning energy is to channel it into something positive and constructive. Include them in your home routines, like cooking, cleaning, and workouts or head over to The Baseball Diamond and get them some sports equipment. By giving them positive tools to use up all that energy, they’ll sleep better and earlier at night to!
Roughhousing Is Normal
An offshoot of this constant desire to move is a boys’ natural love for roughhousing. If you’ve got two sons, sooner or later there’s going to be a “hug” that quickly turns into something a lot more wild. If you didn’t grow up with brothers, seeing this rough play in your children can be alarming, and breaking it up can be extremely exhausting. Although there’ll be tears and bruises, it’s important to remember that roughhousing is completely normal and healthy. In fact, play fighting among siblings can even foster closer, more positive relationships between the two kids, bring balance to their brains’ feel-good chemicals, and promote intelligence. You should still break up fights when they happen, but it’s helpful to know that you don’t have to worry about this behavior.
Their Pee Is Going to Get Everywhere
Apparently, it takes time and practice for the male species to direct their pee-streams with the kind of expertise they have by adulthood. Once your boys start going to the toilet by themselves, you’re going to see puddles of pee on the floor, behind the toilet, on the wall, and all over the seat they “forgot” to lift up. Having a bathroom that smells of pee all the time will get old fast and you will have so many moments of frustration with it, but try not to lose your mind with the stress of regularly walking into a bathroom that’s covered in urine! The best way around this issue is keep gently reminding your boys to try harder to aim strict for the toilet and having them help clean it up. Try getting a bulk order of Clorox wipes, and keeping them at the ready in your bathroom for a quick clean up. I hope you can take some comfort in the fact that once your son starts being able to pee standing up, they’ll rarely have to sit on a dirty public toilet seat!

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