Five Things I Love About Boy #momlife
I am a mom of three boys so I’m living the boy #momlife. I love my boys and all three of them are very different and unique individuals. Being a mom has taught me what matters most in life. I’m celebrating Mother’s Day with Five Things I Love About Boy #momlife.
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1. Being a Boy Mom Has Helped Me Realize a House is just a House, & What I Want is a Home.
My boys helped me realize a house is to be used or it’s just a house, not a home. Not that I want them to destroy the house, but I worry less about the perfection of my house than I do about their well-being and our overall well-being as a family.
Ever since they could roll or crawl about the floor, my boys haven’t stopped moving. The need for activity in boys is constant. They need activity multiple times a day. If they need to strip the couch cushions off the couch to make a landing pad to get out some energy, I let them. If they want to take all my sheets, clothespins, and towels from the cabinet to make the most awesome fort ever, I let them. The need for activity is constant and an absolute need in boys (not intentionally leaving girls out here, I just have boys so I see this quite strong in them).
As a family, I want us to use our house for fun, not be trapped in some ideal of perfection. A home should be touchable, not off limits to fun and creavtivity.
2. Having My Boys Helped Me Lower My Housekeeping Standards
In realizing I want a home not just a house, my boys have helped me acknowledge I can lower my standards of what I think is clean and tidy. I don’t have to have a magazine perfect house.
It just doesn’t matter if a Lego bin sits all dumped out and on its side overnight with its guts spilled out for all to see. The pile of Legos may bring about some spontaneous play in the morning and that is a good thing. I know the toys phase will die so I’d rather live with the mess of toys while my boys are still into them.
Spending hours making a perfect house is not what I want my boys to remember me for. I want them to remember how I let them build obstacle courses across the three levels of our house using books, shoes, couch cushions, pillows, sheets, blankets, kitchen chairs, and bean bags. I want them to remember how I let them build movie theater forts on the stairs landing and cozy nests by the tv to lay in to play the Xbox. I want them to have cherished memories of a fun mom from their childhood, not a mom who always had to have a perfectly picked up house.
Not that I love clutter everywhere, but where is the fun and creativity spark in a bare stark house?
I realized it just doesn’t matter if a toy sits out overnight. It’s just too much work to make a house perfect every night, I’d rather spend their last half hour before bed reading a book to them than picking up to perfection. Granted we have to do some cleaning and pick up because we need to teach them to pick up and be responsible, but it doesn’t need to be perfect. It will still be there the morning, and that’s ok, they can put it away the next day.
Related post: 30 Hilarious Authentic Truths About Being a Boy Mom
3. The Boy Crafts
I love the boy stance on crafts. My middle son is so crafty and inventive, but his style is all boy when it comes to crafting. We call him the tornado as he makes a mess everywhere he goes. I find wood splinters at his table spot because he was sawing a wood chunk at the kitchen table. I find pieces of eraser and foam in his room because he was working on a project there. He loves tools and he swipes them from my husband (and forgets to return them;). He is a true boy crafter and he makes me smile every day, and sometimes pull my hair out when I find purple goo in my sink and the oil filter in my flour. Eek!
His take on boy type crafts includes such ideas as a winter glove with pointed paper dagger fingernails, a giant wooden pocket knife, and a fidget toy made from a tick tac container, thumb tack, and a circle Nerf bullet. He has made cheeseball shooters from a balloon and piece of Gatorade bottle and colored putty/clay. His creativity knows no end and his is constantly dreaming, thinking, and inventing something new. He watches Youtube videos and makes the inventions he sees plus he often modifies them to make them his own or makes a completely new thing using a piece of what he watched. A joy of boy #momlife I love.
4. The Boy Sweetness is What a Boy Mom Loves
A boy loves his mom and I revel in the glow each of my boys bestows upon me daily as each of them show love in different ways. One might come over for a kiss goodbye in a subtle nonchalant way, yet another begs me to snuggle on the couch and groans when I have to get up to empty the dishwasher before bed. Yet the other will ask for help or a snack for some mom attention. The sweetness is running through our daily interactions like a river I’d die without. I cherish them even on the days when overwhelm leaves me fried. I love them and their sweetness fills up my cup daily.
5. My Boys Opened My Eyes Up To Sports
I was a girlie-girl growing up painting my nails, doing my hair and makeup, playing with dolls, and weekly dance lessons, so sports were not a huge part of my life when I was a child. Although I played t-ball and softball for a few years, tried track once, mostly sports were not my thing until I had my boys.
I love to watch my boys play in their sports games. I’m not a professional sports game watcher, but once my boys started to play, I was suddenly into watching their sports. I never knew many rules for football, lacrosse, soccer, or basketball because sports were not my interest. But now I know most rules for many sports just because I’ve watched my boys play. They have opened my eyes up to a world of fun watching sports games. I still prefer to watch them play, but I will even occasionally watch a professional game now too.
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Love Being A Boy Mom
I’m loving being a boy mom. My focus will be on them and not on my perceptions, or other’s perceptions, of what it means to be a perfect mom. I don’t need a perfectly clean, blemish free house to enjoy my life, I just need my boys.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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