Okay, here's the deal. I have two girls, and two boys. Most of you already know this, but what I want to tell you this morning is that often times I feel like I am raising two different families. The family from planet girl is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy for me anyway.
The family from planet boy... Not SO much!
Raising boys is something that I have found to be quite challenging.
There are moments when I wonder if I am a good fit for this job.
I mean if you were to look at my resume, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be the top pick for a person qualified to raise two boys.
I'm a total girly girl who didn't play sports in high school.
Who doesn't play sports now.
And who doesn't plan on playing sports in the future.
What I'm realizing is that boys are busy.
Not just busy but OOBER-BUSY!
They are a constant, don't turn your head for a second kind of BUSY!
I remember when I first realized that I was headed into uncharted waters with my boys.
We were all sitting down watching a movie. The girls 9 and 7, boys 6 and 3.
The girls are sitting watching all nice and quiet, and out of no where the boys are rolling around on the ground wrestling. I was like, "What is wrong with you? Are you hurt? Should I call 911?"
They were just boys being boys.
Now you have to understand that although I have two brothers and two sisters, my brothers were not raised together really. They were too many years apart so I never saw this kind of behavior.
My home of origin was very female driven.
My dad is not your stereo typical Tim Allen ARGH argh argh noise making, mechanic fixing, building, sports kind of guy. He was into music and was a disc jockey for over 20 years and so really I didn't have that stronger male presence growing up.
Now though, I am married to... well
The Man to End All MEN!
And I have two boys who are his spawn.
*Sidenote- Did I tell you when I was pregnant with Solomon, Moses wanted to name him Magnus so that he could be the kid on the playground with a pile of other kids under his foot and he could say, "I AM MAGNUS hear me ROAR!" ?%???
That is an exact quote from My Giant btw, and your welcome.
Back to the topic at hand Bringing up Boys, it's not for the faint of heart.
I am up for the challenge, it's just I have had to pick up some help along the way.
I'm reading the book Bringing Up Boys, by James Dobson AGAIN,
and here is one of my favorite quotes that I will leave you with;
"If you let that kid get bored, you deserve what he's going to do to you."
Ha, well that's what I'm doing.
I'm working on making sure these boys don't get bored.