Guns, bugs and Lego; that’s what boys are made of
THERE are certain things one can expect from boys.
With a decade to reminisce over, as my son turns 10 on Monday, here is a run-down of my own experiences.
Boys love to play with toy guns. Water pistols, cap guns, any guns. If you don't buy guns they will pick up sticks and pretend they are guns. If it is not guns, it is swords.
It's not just men who don't listen. Boys don't either. You can yell and scream as much as you like but unless you have eye contact, they won't hear you. They will, however, hear you perfectly if it is something you don't what them to hear. That is when their super powers kick in and they get supersonic hearing. Warning: They can also hear any time you open the fridge or even chew something containing chocolate.
That old rhyme 'frogs and snails and puppy dogs tails, that's what little boys are made of' certainly rings true. My boy loves creepy crawlies and slimy things, and he loves to share them with me. His idea of sharing is to place a fake 'critter' in random places and wait for me to find it. He soon knows when I have.
Boys like to build things. They will request a never ending supply of Lego and build amazing creations and then show you, awaiting your praise. If they are like my son they will then leave bits of that same Lego lying around waiting for you to find them with your bare feet. Again, he soon knows when I have.
It is not just girls who like to dress up. Boys do to. Their idea of dressing up usually involves a cape or strangely decorated hat. They are quite happy to appear in public dressed as Batman so you might as well be happy with it too.
Always check their pockets when doing the washing. Boys fill their pockets with all sorts of treasures. Rocks, bottle caps, bugs and lolly wrappers are what I find the most. Some items are unidentifiable. I prefer to check the pockets of my partner's clothes. At least in his pockets I sometimes find cash.
Boys also like practical jokes and magic tricks, fart jokes and making gross noises. They like to climb things, run, play in the dirt and camp under the stars. They like to tease their sisters and play-fight with their friends.
Boys will be boys, and I wouldn't want mine any other way.
Super Mum with Sharyn O'Neill