5 Things I Know About Raising Sons

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I've been Dude Mommying for 12 years.

Twelve exhausting amazing years as the mama of three sons.

In that time, I’ve learned more about how boys work than I learned in all of my years of life before. I wish I would’ve known half of what I know now when I was growing up—maybe I would’ve understood why Reuben pulled my pigtails and chased me every day at recess. Or why Bradley would play with me on our street after school, and then ignore me entirely while we were in class.

My Dudes have helped me figure out all of this stuff. I still have a long list of things I’m confused about, but here’s what I do know.

5 Things I Know About Raising Sons

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1. They are all different. I have three sons: one is clean and quiet, one is obnoxious and loud, and one is sweet and cuddly but really insanely loud. I could easily say boys are full of energy, and that they never slow down, but I know that some of you are probably mommying less energetic, quieter souls who are happily cuddled up by you on the sofa—at least for a while.

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2. They are emotional. My sons are very emotional little people. I know that they will learn to hide that because peer pressure and society tell them to, but it’s important to remember that it’s in there. Encourage them to talk about it and express it a little, because chicks dig that—especially chicks who are also their mom!

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3. They think their dad is seriously cool. No matter how many diapers you change, lunches you pack, or uniforms you wash, Dad can roll in from work, toss them in the air a bit, and instantly be cooler than you.

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4. They think farting is funny. They just do. 

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5  They love, love, LOVE their mamas, and how you love them teaches them how they should be loved for the rest of life, so make sure you do it right!

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5 Things I Know About Raising Sons

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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7 comments

  1. mommy nhoj says:

    I am so looking forward to have one. I have two brothers. They are fun to be with. Most of the times, the two get along well but sometimes they don’t! They have different personalities!

  2. Haylie says:

    That is all true! I also have 3 boys. Ages 11, 4 and 2. It’s a world of difference from girls. I was midde of three girls, so I knew what expect from a girl and here I am with boys. They love me like no other, but yeah Dad is very cool and so are their Uncles and guy friends. My youngest is usally quiet but competely a banshee when upset. My middle is the biggest nonstop ball of energy and noise. My oldest is more mellow, but sensitive. I have had to learn to relax more.

  3. HA! i was the youngest of two boys who had a major role in being my caretakers. One of them is a successful software engineer and the other a playboy military Casanova… I thought I had the polarity of boys to men on lock down.. I will be having twin boys in April, i am terribly excited and know that my brothers have prepared me well for male mentality of both kinds! wonderful!!!

  4. bmattler92 says:

    number three has been true since he was born. even when he was just a few weeks old. i could be home with him all day and he would be fussier than all get up but as soon as his daddy would get home he would settle down and be all smiles and sunshine.

  5. Tayler says:

    number 4 makes me worry for him and his daddy having fart wars

  6. Marshall says:

    I cannot wait to see what my boy will be like; I have my first child and I love him to death. I can already see how Dad is the ‘coolest’, and our son is only 4 months old! So much love and exploration to come, I can’t wait!

  7. paula says:

    I definitely agree with all 5. I have a son and a daughter. My daughter is now 20 and my son is 9. I am glad I had her first. There is such a big difference. Having my son second and later helped me to be more laid back about things. those crazy embarrassing things your son does is not such a big deal when you already had a girl.

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