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If you are raising boys then you surely have become familiar with that everlasting boy humor. That humor that is inappropriate for the dinner table yet becomes a frequent occurrence. That toilet seat that never gets put down and that ever growing smell that seems to be boy’s feet. Sure some of you are the lucky parents with boys who don’t exhibit most of these qualities on a regular basis but for the rest of us, we are just getting started in learning how to survive raising boys.

How to Survive Raising Boys

The initial step to ensuring that you survive the years of raising boys is to make sure that your weak stomach disappears. There will be times that you smell odd things on stuffed animals, wonder what’s hidden underneath their beds and why on Earth they still smell after having showered just that morning.

Once you have mastered having a strong stomach you will surely have to find a love of insects and anything dirty. Most boys tend to flock towards the messiest messes and oddest of bugs. Be prepared to start using old pickle jars for homes of random insects that your boys find and declare promptly to be their next pet.

Now that the basics are covered, you must remember that boys rarely like to shower it seems the smellier the better. Oh but don’t tell them they smell because they will quickly deny that frivolous comment and shrug it off as they continue to argue over showering being a necessity of life.

Boys will test their boundaries and make sure to keep you gasping each time they venture outside. It seems boys are also born with this extra level of energy, so you should quickly learn to stay fit. Whether by choice or force you will be running around more often while raising boys.

Raising boys may bring on a boat load of shake your head, plug your nose moments but in all reality raising boys can truly bring out another side of who you are. These boys will cherish their Mom as their Queen and look up to their Dad for guidance.

As each day passes, you will find that surviving the days of raising boys really isn’t as difficult as it seems. You see, boys tend to get easier to handle as they grow older and in no time at all you will find that you miss those younger years of bug collecting and dirty bedrooms.  

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  104 Responses to “How to Survive Raising Boys”

  1. I think we’ve done pretty well. I had to learn a lot. I was only around girls, my mom was only around her sisters, and my husband only had a sister. Kind of a learning curb. I enjoy my boys a lot.

  2. Luckily I only have 1 boy. My aunt has 3 boys and growing up with them was “he**” I kid you not. They were a terror. I know having boys is probably a good thing rather than a girl. I am the oldest and I have 2 sisters and 1 brother so I wish I probably had more brothers growing up.

  3. I only have a little girl at the moment but my friends who have had boys seem to have had a completely different parenting experience to me. I hope I can have a little boy one day!

  4. I have 3 boys- a son age 8 and 19 and 24 year old stepsons I raised with my husband. I agree-stomach needs to be strong!

  5. I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
    They’ve made me appreciate science fiction in ways I never thought possible.

  6. I have a teen girl who has boy and girl friends so I get the mess part. When she is out playing basketball and skateboarding and comes back, I just shake my head. I love the experiences that you shared about raising your boys. I think whether you have a girl or boy, we can all just learn from them.

  7. I raised two boys and they are different from our daughter since the very first day. What boys see as well just doing boy stuff I use to cringe and roll my eyes. My husband would say what there’s nothing wrong with what they are doing. They both turned out to be wonderful men.

  8. I have one boy 14 and I think we’re doing a good job so far. I just hope it does not tilt though 🙂

  9. I don’t know how you do it. I have one boy – sometimes two if you count my husband – and there are days when I think, “How can one individual be so gross?”

  10. Boys are an interesting breed of kid. At first, they’re so hard to handle. But the thing about boys is that they learn to follow the rules faster than girls. I think they just have less ‘tude in general.

  11. My daughter has 4 boys and I can totally relate. All of my grandkids are boys so boys truly rule in this family. I do have to say that they are sweet, kind and very well-mannered most of the time.

  12. Yep, pretty much sums up my experience of raising a boy! I often, too, wonder how he can still smell after taking a shower, lol!

  13. I have a 19-year old son and I always remember that his frontal lobe is not fully developed until he is 26.

  14. I just have one boy, and he’s amazing. I also have a girl, and honestly she can act like a tomboy. She’s forever bringing me bugs and sitting in mud. It’s awesome!

  15. Maybe I should be careful what I wish for when I say I hope the next one is a boy! 😉

  16. I’m a boy mom and I have to admit, I always thought I wanted at least one girl, but now I know I’m totally suited to raising boys and I think I enjoy it more than I would have had I had a daughter! It’s a unique experience though, that’s for sure. 😉

  17. Aren’t boys a ton of fun!!! These are great tips, I know I had my daughter before my boys and it was a whole new world.

  18. Boys will be boys and I guess even if they tend to be messy and naughty. They should enjoy these moments too.

  19. I have all girls and some days I think they are worse than boys. My girls make messes and hate to shower and get in to trouble on a daily basis.

  20. I have a daughter and always wished I had a son as well. I am enjoying my son in law but I would have loved to raise a boy myself.

  21. Boys are hard to handle sometimes. lol. I am not sure if girls are any easier though. Especially those teenage years. lol.

  22. This post is awesome. I am raising a girl right now but my best friend has a son and I am sure she would relate to this post.

  23. My little guy started testing boundaries just this week. he told his first lie. I tried not to be too upset, but use it as a teaching tool. That was HARD!

  24. I’ve heard bringing up girls is a harder job, but I wouldn’t know until I have my own. Some great tips here 🙂

  25. Hahaha I love this, not a mom myself but I have babysat and you are so right! Boys are so hard!

  26. I am a mother to one girl. I am not sure I could deal with having boys. I have too much of a weak stomach, lol.

  27. I am a mother to one girl. I am not sure I could deal with having boys. I have too much of a weak stomach, lol. Although, I’m not sure I’ll survive having a teenager in general! LOL.

  28. What a great read! This will definitely come in handy because I have a 1-year old son. And he seems to have this attitude already when he doesn’t get his way.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  29. haha I really don’t think there’s much difference in raising girls or boys in the matter of showering or bugs, at least according to my friend. I love that you mention getting a stronger stomach! You never know how strong you are until you have to clean up after a child.

  30. I only had the pleasure of raising one boy and he is now 27 and a functioning member or socieity so I would say I did a good job. We are both alive today to talk about it.

  31. When I got pregnant, I wanted a girl so badly that I thought I would end up with a boy! I am glad I had a girl though! I have many friends with only boys and they have these issues. Great (and at times funny) article.

  32. I have 4 boys and one girl…is survive on wine, and on the fact that I have let go of trying to keep mud, dirt, and bugs out of my house! haha. This is a great post, thanks so much for sharing!

  33. I have two boys and I know what you mean. Boys are difficult but loads of fun neverthless.

  34. This is sweet! I have all girls so I can’t relate. It’s different, but definitely another extreme!

  35. I have two girls, but this was such a great read. I have a friend with 4 boys so I will share this post with her.

  36. This is my kind of post! I have two little boys and they are already both a handful! These are some great advice that I’m going to keep in mind! Thanks for sharing!

  37. Raising two boys can really be a challenge some days, especially now that they are at the age where they can fight, aggravate, and annoy one another. But they are also some of the sweetest boys ever, when they want to be!

  38. My boyfriend and I really want all boys, because I know raising girls is going to be hard with him because he’s so protective (haha!)

  39. I never thought to raise boys was a lot of fun. lol, All I know is that boys are much sweeter than their sisters and so charming that you cannot afford to be totally mad at them.

  40. Robin I couldnt imagine raising boys! This is so much but you seem like you are a pro, great tips for moms with multiple boys at home!

  41. I don’t have any kids but I do have 4 nephews. They are so much fun, but definitely a handful!

  42. I have a boy and a girl and have found that strange smells, dirt, and bugs have actually gone along with both of them! I think you have to have a strong stomach for many, many of the things that come along with having children! And so many of them are surprises, or at least were to me!

  43. I did not get the pleasure of raising boys, so I wouldn’t know what to do if I did have one. I would appreciate the tips though.

  44. Raising boys was definitely a different experience than raising girls. I thought my son was a lot easier than my daughter.

  45. I raised all girls and until three years ago, had all granddaughters. The little guy is sure all boy and a handful!

  46. I have a son 11 years old and a daughter 3 years old. So far they grow so kind especially my son. He really is a protective brother to his little sister.

  47. I don’t have any children but I can imagine boys must be more difficult than girls.

  48. This is such a good post! I have a girl and a boy (twins) and they’re SO different! each unique and it’s fun to see how they grow and progress differently

  49. I have a one year old little boy and he is my first, I can already tell he is going to be a handful but I love each minute of it! They certainly put us mommas to the test sometimes though.

  50. I have two boys and two girls and yes boys may be messy and dirty and smell at times, with boundless amounts of energy. However, I think in many ways boys are sometimes much easier to raise than girls. They whine much less and are not as prone to drama as girls.

  51. I have a boy and a girl and honestly, my daughter is so much more difficult LOL!

  52. Awww! How sweet. Boys will be boys. I don’t have kids but I have a few nephews and I just love the so much. They are the epitome of pulchritude to me.

  53. Boys are so wonderful and I absolutely love being a boy Mom! I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

  54. Your boys are so cute! I’m sure they are a handful but it looks like you are doing a great job!

  55. I think a lot of this applies to kids in general. I have three kids, two of them being boys and there is some differences between them and their sister. They are always up for a good time, and do not sweat the small stuff. They are however much harder on clothes and always seem to have some kind of dirt on them.

  56. I had to giggle at the title of this. Do you ever really survive raising boys or do you just get good at pretending? haha!

  57. Young boys do tend to gravitate towards messes but that is all part of them growing up! Boys will be boys as you say!

  58. I have one boy and 1 girl. They’re both handfuls, but in a nice way! Loved your post.

  59. Having a boy I can totally relate to this post! You brought up some great points here!

  60. I can honestly say that I can’t relate at all to this. I have two daughters, and my whole family on my dad’s side is nothing but girls. My grandmother lost her first born child within days of her being born. She prayed to the Lord to give her sons from then on and granddaughters. Her faith was strong, and that’s what God gave her! She had 3 sons, and nothing but granddaughters…all 7 of us, and 8 great granddaughters.

  61. I totally need this post. My little guy (he’s 4) is a total handful haha

  62. I grew up with only one sister and my mom only has one sister and so does my dad! I hope I only have girls too!

  63. You brought some good points. I have a boy and a girl. My girl is already grown up but my boy is only 8. I find raising a girl is much easier than boy. I really can’t keep up with my little guy especially when he wants to do boys things.

  64. I have all girls, and I often wondered what I’d do if I were ever blessed with a boy. I would have been in trouble! Boys are girls sure get into different things!

  65. LOL, you hit the nail on the head. My boys are grown now but their younger years were full of “challenges.” 🙂

  66. I only have one son but I can now relate to some pointers. What more if I have more boys? That would be tough. Thanks for sharing!

    Mhaan | http://www.mommyrockininstyle.com

  67. My little boy is almost 2 and he is so much different than his sister. He is so active and busy! Thanks for these tips – I will need them as he gets bigger!

  68. Some people would say that raising a girl is more difficult than anything else. I’d say both have their pros and cons, but there is nothing bad about raising a child to be a successful, mature person.

  69. I agree with the odd-smell part. Boys themselves will bring in just about everything they could get their hands on. But if you were able to get past the diaper stages I’m sure you’ll be prepared for it anyway.

  70. Such a great post. There are a few things where I had to laugh because kiddo, even though she is a she, has some serious nose-plugging moments. hahah

  71. I don’t have kids but I know being a parent (to girl or boy) definitely seems like a such reward. Although, people I know who have boys say to be prepared for everything!

  72. I have a 17 and 10 year old son and they can be a handful. I wouldn’t trade them for the world though 🙂

  73. Can I just say that this post is just about the most accurate description I’ve read about what goes into raising boys?! I also want to add that my 11 year old is my best friend and the older he has become the more mature and thoughtful he has become!

  74. I have a son and i am really having a hard time with this stage he’s going through right now. He’s 3 and its very difficult, but at the end of the day he’s very loving and i love the bond we have. Your article gives me hope that everything will be ok and I’m not alone!

  75. So, so true especially the smelly/complaining about taking a shower is no joke, but I wouldn’t change a thing I love being a boy Mom!!

  76. I need to survive boys and girls! Bwah! Love this post. Being a boy mom comes with its challenges, but it absolutely rocks!

  77. I just laughed so hard at this post.
    I have a little boy, but he’s not at the point of hiding animals under his bed yet. I’m glad I now know what I have to look forward to and I can prepare!
    Weak stomach will be gone! 😛

  78. I have one boy but I can already tell he is going to be a handful compared to raising his sister. Hopefully, when he is a little older though he will calm down.

  79. Love this! I just had my first son 5 months ago so this was very insightful 🙂

  80. I already miss things my 7 year old son did just a few years ago. Luckily, we just had our third baby – our second boy – this past August. We get to experience it again!

  81. I have a 7 year old son and three girls – it is challenging lol – raising kids is challenging

  82. I know where you are coming from on much of this. I had to help raise my youngest brother and he LOVED to skip showers whenever he could!

  83. I done have kids bit i think girls and boys have their own challenges. Treat them at individuals i think.

  84. I’ve never experienced raising boys since my twins are both girls. I can imagine that they have more energy though and most of the time it’s chaos in the house. This is going to be helpful for parents who are expecting to have boys.

  85. Being a mom of 2 girls I don’t have an experience of how it could be to deal with boys. I agree raising a boy is a tough job, But I am sure it should be so interesting as well as you move forward!

  86. I have two boys and it’s really going to get crazy especially when they start walking and running! I think it’s quite fun too, having them around. They’re a lot older now. I think these tips are spot on!

  87. Boys can be hard to handle sometimes. Wonderful post for parents. Raising both boys and girls can be little tough but it can be a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing

  88. I have three, two of whom are grown up now. They weren’t difficult. Thank goodness. 🙂

  89. Boys are more unruly than girls! It used to feel like a tornado went and messed up my house when my nephews would come visit! These are valuable tips!

  90. Boys are more unruly than girls! It used to feel like a tornado went and messed up my house when my nephews would come visit! These are valuable tips!

  91. I am definitely wondering how things will go as my middle guy gets older. Right now he is still in the very cuddly and loving phase…although I can definitely see some potty humor rearing its ugly head…

  92. You definitely cannot have a weak stomach when raising boys because they can be yucky. I was just having this conversation with my mother this morning since she raised one son and two daughters.

  93. My mum always said she was glad I turned out to be a girl (cheers for that mum!) as having a boy would be such hardwork! My mum hate dirt and it kind-of snobish so having kids rolling round in mud or tracking threw leaves would have been her worst nightmare. xx

  94. I can’t imagine having all boys!! I would think your home would never be clean again! LOL!

  95. I don’t have kids but I’ve heard that it’s so much more effort for raising boys! My little sister was no trouble at all and I simply can’t imagine how it is raising baby boys!

  96. thanks for the tips! i can’t imagine myself looking after boys, they are way too active! i had experience before looking after 2boys which are my cousins and gosh it was hectic and differnet than girls

  97. My brother was one to refuse bathing and if you said he said he would argue till kingdom come

  98. My dream is to have 2 boys when I have kids. This is good to know, sounds like a lot of work but worth it.

  99. That was a hilariously told personal story of raising boys. Lol. I don’t have boys – mine is a girl. But I hear the fun from my sister 🙂

  100. I’m bookmarking this post for future me, in the event I end up with boys. My younger brother was a big handful, so I can’t imagine TWO! xx Adaleta Avdic

  101. I grew up having one brother as my only sibling and I have to say I am grateful. I learned a lot of lessons, and although as a teacher I understand the challenge of boys at times, they are much more rewarding that not 🙂

  102. I have 2 boys and I always had a hard time they always ended fighting with a small things

  103. My mom always said raising a boy was easier because they are less emotional. But having had a brother and seeing how much mess he caused and how much he got into, I often wondered if she was correct. Maybe she just said that to irritate my sister and I when we were driving her crazy.