We’ve all heard it before, “boys will be boys”. Until I had a son, I thought this saying was just an excuse for bad behavior. However, I have found over the past two years that boys truly are made of snaps and snails and puppy dog tails.
I am sure that there are parents out there that will disagree with this but through my experience boys and girls are inherently different. What makes them tick is different. It’s neither good nor bad, just different. Being in MOMS Club, I have had the chance to observe the way the kids interact and play with one another. Though they all get along & all have their moments, it’s mostly the little boys who are impatient for lines, would rather explore than sit & listen to a story, are climbing up the slide and are yelling, chasing and playing tag.
My son has such a big imagination! Whether he’s a loud, stomping dinosaur or a fast, flying plane I often find myself apologizing for the way he plays. Which is ridiculous! The other day I read an article on Scary Mommy titled A Plea for Boyhood and Rough Play. I loved reading this article! It basically states that boys need to be boys & that by saying “things like “Hands off!” and “Quiet down!” to our boys, we are asking them to suppress something innate inside of them”.
It’s time to let my son be himself & play like a boy should. No more stressing out if he’s playing too loudly in the library or running too fast at the park or exploring underneath the dinner table when we go out to eat. After all, it’s through his energetic, creative & rowdy play that he will learn & grow.