Advice on Raising Boys

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I wrote this for a friend who will have her first boy soon. I thought I might share it here. I had so much fun finding pictures to go with it. 

Some Unsolicited Advice From Your Friend With Boys

Boys have a reputation of being rough and tumble, loud, messy and wild. Most are, most of the time. 

But what I’ve learned in my 7+ years of being a boy mom is that boys are surprisingly tender and sensitive.

You never know what might make them cry. They can go from tough to skirt-clinging in the blink of an eye.

They need loads of approval and reassurance, right along with tons of discipline. They need to be heard, chased, and snuggled.

You are going to be a great boy mom. And your son is going to be one lucky boy.
What have you learned about raising boys? Any of it surprising?

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3 Responses to “Advice on Raising Boys”

  1. This is great! So accurate. :) We have two (ages 10 and 6), and even the 10yo still needs cuddling sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Courtney, you hit the nail on the head. AWESOME advice. I totally agree. :)

  3. My "go to" is pretty dumb but here goes....
    Nobody will ever love your son like you do, so fight for him every chance you get.
    Boys that are sometimes not worthy of hugs and snuggles at that particular moment need it most, so give them end up being the one that gets the best gift back.
    And teach them that everyone makes mistakes and it's ok, but be sure to apologize sincerely and ask how to help make it better. (and apologize when you make mistakes too....not always easy, but works wonders)