Gather ‘round, my fellow boy moms! Today, we’re talking about things that no one understands quite like we do! Don’t worry, this isn’t another negative Nellie list full of “struggles” or downsides of parenting sons. Instead, we’ll focus on all the wonderful, unique, and – let’s be honest – occasionally weird things that make being a boy mom so extraordinary. Then, we’ll check out some of my favorite boy mom quotes!
10 Things That Make Being a Boy Mom So Extraordinary
Motherhood is extraordinary on its own, whether you have all boys, or girls, or both. We love our kids no matter what and truly do mean it when we say, “As long as they’re healthy, that’s all that matters.” That said, being a boy mom definitely has some wonderful upsides! Let’s take a look at the top ten that come to mind.
1. We get to be someone’s first true love
We can go through our entire teen and young adult lives never knowing what it feels like to be someone’s first true love. Then, our boys come along and that completely changes. There’s really nothing quite like knowing that you’re the center of the universe for someone (and they’re the center of yours), even if just for a little while.
There’s also nothing like the responsibility of knowing that how you return that love sets the stage for your son’s future relationships. It’s awesome in the truest sense of the word.
2. Boys teach us how to not take ourselves so seriously
When you’re a boy mom, you quickly learn that every bodily function is potential joke fodder. There’s a reason why boys love books like Captain Underpants! Even the title gets them giggling. Unless you want to spend your life blushing (which, hey, at least saves us a bit of money on makeup), you have to get over yourself really fast. Bonus: very little embarrasses us boy moms anymore!
3. We learn to thrive in chaos
Nearly every list of things that make being a boy mom so interesting talk about the chaos that sons bring to our lives. They’re a flurry of movement. They’re noisy. They’re messy. However, they leave one key element out. Boy moms don’t just learn to survive chaos; we can actually thrive in it. We learn to think fast and act even faster; to find peace in noise. We even discover that there really is order amidst the unorderly.
Don’t believe me? Go ahead and try organizing your son’s messy pile of Pokemon cards, then tell me how he reacts!
4. Boys teach us how to communicate in the fewest words possible
Ask your son how his day went, and you’ll be lucky to get a complete sentence out of him. More often than not, you’ll get “fine” or “good.” Yet, we boy moms quickly learn to decipher the thousand unspoken words behind that single syllable.
We become masters at reading tone and body language. It’s not just a skill that helps us be better parents, it’s one we can use throughout our entire lives.
5. They teach us to think about things in a whole new way
While neither boys nor girls are “smarter” (let’s not perpetuate any stereotypes here), boys literally do think differently than girls. There’s a quote from a study that really resonates with me. When explaining the differences between male and female brains, Ragini Verma, Ph.D. said, “It’s like two people driving from Philadelphia to New York, who take different routes, but end up at the same place.”
Boy moms have the unique opportunity to learn what it’s like to travel both routes. Isn’t that extraordinary?
6. Boy moms learn that sometimes the reward really is worth the risk
Boys really do take more risks than girls. It’s scientifically proven. While we boy moms wish they wouldn’t take quite so many potentially bone-breaking risks, our sons teach us that sometimes the reward really IS worth six weeks in a cast. Plus, if our boys are willing to risk falling out of a tree just to see the world from a new angle, we can certainly risk asking our boss for a raise.
7. They literally teach us to watch our step…
We can’t talk about things only a boy mom understands without bringing up LEGOs, Hot Wheels, and other things that are oh-so-incredibly painful to step on! All those late nights of tiptoeing around to avoid the agony of an embedded LEGO in our foot teaches us a valuable lesson, though.
Watch your step and look before you leap. Now, if only we could pass that lesson onto our sons in the risk-taking category!
8. …and that “mama’s boy” is a good thing to be
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a mama’s boy, and that’s something we don’t understand until we have sons. See, we know something that all those magazine articles full of warnings about dating mama’s boys don’t. Any woman would be lucky to date our sons because we raised them to respect women and express their emotions in a healthy way.
9. We finally understand everything that baffled us about boys as kids!
Every moment of being a boy mom is a revelation. Finally, we know why boys on the playground were always talking about poop! At last, we understand why our 5th-grade crush didn’t like us back (because girls are still “yucky” when boys are 10)! Literally every day, we learn something new that shines a light on the things that totally baffled us about boys as kids.
10. Boy moms know that a son is a Prince Charming for life.
Last, but far from, least, moms of boys know what it’s like to live with a real-life Prince Charming. Boys may be messy and chaotic. They talk about things that make us blush. They give us heart failure when they jump out of trees. However, just like Prince Charming brought Snow White back to life with one kiss, our sons need only plant one on our cheeks and all the worries of the world just wash away.
The best part? That never stops. Whether he’s one or 100, a son truly is a Prince Charming for life.
There really isn’t anything quite like being a boy mom! It’s not better than parenting a girl, it’s just different. Sons open our eyes up to whole new worlds and teach us how to think of things in unique ways. That alone makes it truly an extraordinary experience.
10 Inspirational Boy Mom Quotes That Really Just Say it All
I shared my all-time favorite quote about being a boy mom above, but I found so many more that I just love! So, I thought, why not add a whole section of them? They’re perfect for adding to your son’s baby book or scrapbook, handmade cards, and so much more. You can even use some of the shorter ones on DIY shirts! I’ll include the text of the quotes below each image to make it easier for you to copy them to use on your own projects.
1. Just when you think it doesn’t get any better than this…
“One day as you’re brushing the hair out of your little boy’s eyes or wiping the jelly off his sticky ﬁngers, he looks up and gives you a smile that lights him up from the inside out, and you think to yourself… ‘It doesn’t get any better than this.’ But it does… Because he grows up and becomes a good man and a good friend… and his smile still lights up your world. I love you so much, son!”
2. Little boys can test your patience, but they will melt your heart!
“Little boys can test your patience, run you ragged, and make you want to pull your hair out. But they will also melt your heart with just one look, and make you wonder how you ever existed before them.” – Katie Bingham Smith
3. There’s so much more to our boys than what we see
“There is more to a boy than what his mother sees. There is more to a boy than what his father dreams. Inside every boy lies a heart that beats. And sometimes it screams, refusing to take defeat. And sometimes his father’s dreams aren’t big enough, and sometimes his mother’s vision isn’t long enough. And sometimes the boy has to dream his own dreams and break through the clouds with his own sunbeams.” ― Ben Behunin, Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp
I love this one because it’s a good reminder to let our children dream their own dreams. To never hold them back or limit them to a life based on our own dreams and expectations. Give them a chance to soar and they’ll surprise you!
4. “Boymom” isn’t a description, it’s an experience!
“‘Boymom’ is an experience, not a description.”- Unknown. This one is just perfect for putting on a DIY boy mom t-shirt, don’t you think?
5. Our sons are all the proof we need that miracles exist!
“Sometimes when I need a miracle, I look into my son’s eyes and realize I already have one.” This is definitely one of my all-time favorite sayings about being a boy mom. I love both of my children very much, but my son is my firstborn -my very first miracle.
6. We love our sons more than words can say
“No matter how much I tell my son I love him, I always love him more than that.”
7. Sons are the best gifts we could ever receive
“My son is the best gift I have ever received. He is the sunshine in my day. The joy in my soul. And the love of my life.” – Unknown
8. Our love for our sons can only make them stronger
“A mother’s love doesn’t make her son more dependent and timid; it actually makes him stronger and more independent.” — Cheri Fuller
9. Forever my son…
“Yesterday my little boy, today my friend, and forever my son.” A beautiful saying to capture the journey of a boy mom’s life! I think this one is the perfect length for a t-shirt.
10. When we have faith in our sons, their journey becomes much easier
“Have a little faith in your sons. This journey will be the making of them.” ― C.J. Milbrandt, On Your Marks: The Adventure Begins. I love this last one because childhood really is a journey. We need to guide our sons and raise them to be good people…then have faith that we’ve taught them well and give them room to show us who they’re becoming.
There are so many other wonderful things about being a boy mom. Just like it’s impossible to find enough words to describe how much we love them, it’s impossible to express the sheer amount of joy and wonder they bring to our lives. Like the quote above says, “boymom” isn’t a description, it’s truly an experience, a journey and a miracle all rolled up into one beautiful little package.