No One Prepared Me for Raising a Boy

Things About Boys No One Prepares You For | From an Honest Mom | Raising Little Boys


I am head over heels in love with my son.  I really am.  It’s true what they say about the special bond between a mother and son.  Whoever “they” are, they’re right; it’s a special kind of love.  In just three short years, my son has shown me a kind of love I didn’t know existed before.  I treasure every moment of one-on-one time we get together.  I just adore how excited he gets to hold my hand when we’re out in public, as if marking his territory.  This is my mama and don’t you forget it!  

There have been countless times where we’ve been in Target and pass another child being scolded by his mother.  Jackson looks at the mother, then looks at me.  He then kisses my arm, as to say I’m so glad you’re mine.  Not that my son never gets scolded in Target, but for the sake of this article, let’s focus on the good times. 😉

All this sappiness aside, why didn’t anyone prepare me for raising a boy?!

There are




about boys that I’m just now learning.  I mean I grew up with a brother, and the last time I checked, I’m married to a boy (er…man).  But I guess you don’t really learn the truth about boys until you’re given the responsibility of raising one.

Here are a few of the things that I was shocked no one prepared me for… {This list is to be continued, as I’m sure I haven’t learned everything there is to know about boys in just three years!}

Things About Boys No One Prepares You For | PeeSo, you’ve done your job: you’ve successfully potty trained your little man.  So that’s the end of those stinky peepee diapers, right?  Wrong!  For some mysterious reason, that as a girl I’ll never understand, boys don’t feel it’s necessary to wipe after peeing.  And on top of that, they don’t have the best reputation when it comes to the whole aiming thing.  No matter how clean he is, your son (and your bathroom) will always smell like pee.

Things About Boys No One Prepares You For | TrucksWho knew there were so many different kinds of trucks?  I sure as heck didn’t!  You better start studying, because every time you’re on the road, you’ll be quizzed on every truck you pass.  And you’ll be corrected if you’re wrong.  Oh, and construction vehicles too.  I  used to think of construction as a nuisance – a bunch of loud, dirty machines creating traffic and an eyesore.  I can’t believe how excited I get when we pass a construction site now.  And I can (proudly) tell the difference between an excavator, backhoe, and bulldozer.

Things About Boys No One Prepares You For | PoopNot to be confused with the aforementioned pee.  Boys think poop is hilarious.  And they all go through a stage where it’s all they talk about.  What do you want for dinner?  Poop.  What do you want for Christmas?  Poop.  What’s your favorite color?  Poop.  You get the idea. (Buy your own poop emoji pillow here.)

Things About Boys No One Prepares You For | Obsession with their...AnatomyAs soon as they discover their “anatomy,” they want to touch it, talk about, shake it, flaunt it.  And boys LOVE to be naked.  My little guy has no shame.  I can’t keep pants (or underwear) on the kid.

Toys with a Million Pieces | Things About Boys No One Prepares You ForI can’t say that I wasn’t warned about Legos.  I stepped on my first one a few weeks ago, and all I can say is “ouch!”  But every other toy seems to also come in a set with a million pieces.  I’ve actually seen boxes boast “Over 60 pieces!” as if this is a selling point.  Who is excited about over 60 pieces?  You know who creates these toys?  People without children.  No matter how organized you are, you will never be able to keep track of all the pieces.

Boy moms, what is my list missing?  What do you wish you were warned about when it comes to raising a little boy?

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8 thoughts on “No One Prepared Me for Raising a Boy

  1. This list is perfect, but the anatomy thing is my favorite…because it is 100% true! Bath time has become a nightly show & tell session 🙈 lol I love raising a little boy though…and although we’re learning new things every day about teaching a child that’s the opposite sex, I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s just something about a momma and her son! 😊

  2. Poop. I loved this haha. My little one is 15 months old and he loves running around naked. He just takes the diaper off, hands it over and says “welcome” .. I don’t understand haha. Btw I melted about the target story. So sweet.

  3. I have 3 that are grown now, and 1 girl. Rocks. They are fascinated with rocks, be ready for them to be brought inside. Always check pockets!…pants, jackets, any pockets. And enjoy it all, it’s all done too soon! <3

  4. Lol! My baby is only 8 weeks old and every time i mention poop while I’m changing him, he smiles and attempts a giggle. It’s hilarious.

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