The Top 10 Signs That You’re Raising Boys

by Samantha on August 29, 2013

If you have boys, you’ll probably understand. There are certain things that part and parcel of the experience. Superheroes, toilet seats and minor “accidents” figure prominently in your day-to-day activities. “Bath” is a dirty word (pun intended). It’s all play, all the time. “Frogs, snails and puppy-dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of” says the old nursery rhyme. While this may not be literally the case, there’s a definite connection between these items and the male of the species. For those of us who are experiencing the very unique and often tiring reality that is raising a boy (or boys) to adulthood, know that you’re not alone. If you recognize any of the following items from the Top 10 list below, you’re a bona fide member of the club. The club of very tired parents.

The Boys

Top 10 Signs That You’re Raising Boys

1) People are divided into two categories: “Good Guys” and “Bad Guys”

2) You totally get the persistent need to wear a cape

3) Peter Parker/Spiderman is a much more of a complex figure than many give him credit for

4) You buy Band-Aids, Polysporin and gauze by the case

5) You truly believe that each of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are noble and righteous characters

6) You have resigned yourself to being in a never-ending continual loop of putting down the toilet seat and cleaning pee from around the toilet

7) You are no longer scared or grossed out by spiders, bugs, critters and other formerly questionable living creatures, or if you are, you pretend that you’re not. You’re also not fazed by bodily fluids (see point #6)

8) You’ve resigned yourself to the ridiculous amount of groceries required to adequately feed growing males, and as a result have become really good friends with the folks at Costco and similar big-box stores.

9) You make a mean peanut butter and banana sandwich

10) You burn calories and lose weight just by chasing after your boys for a few hours a day.

Have I missed any? What other signs are there that you’re a parent of boys? Leave me your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Amber Turner August 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

I am partly raising two boys…my son and then there is my husband :). I hear you though, especially the thing about wiping pee off around the toilet. I hate that! Thanks for sharing.


Samantha August 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Ugh! The pee is the worst, isn’t it? I’ve just resigned myself to the job. What’s a mom to do? Thanks for your comment, Amber :)


lindsay August 31, 2013 at 2:37 am

I’m a mom to 3 year old twin boys so I get it. They NEVER stop moving. They won’t even sit down to eat anymore. They literally stand at the table to eat. I always tell my husband I need a room with padded floors AND walls that they can just bounce off of.


Samantha August 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Padded floors and walls? Now there’s a novel idea! Though I don’t know if that would stop them - if they’re like my boys, they’re certain to find a way out! Thanks for commenting!


Nikki October 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I love this! We are in the midst of a superhero obsession (which I’m still not sure how it got started since we’ve never watched any superhero shows or movies with them), and playing good guy/bad guy with capes on is the most popular activity these days.


Samantha October 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Nikki, I think that the superhero obsession is embedded in the XY chromosome! My boys are equally obsessed and I’m starting to think that wearing a cape is not a bad idea after all. Capes are cool ;)
Thanks for your comment.


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