Feb 1, 2013

Boys.

I love them.

I have 3 of them.


I wouldn't have it any other way.

But...

Sometimes I don't feel equipped to be their mom. Am I too impatient? How active is okay? How loud is okay? What is a normal number of times to ask them to do something? What is the line that needs to be drawn in order to tame their "wild hearts?

Before I had Archer, my 6 year old, I was recommended to read the book Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson. It was great! I read it start to finish. I was encouraged.

Then I had Archer. Then Beau. Then Cole.

Yesterday, I went digging. I needed a little guidance, encouragement, and advice on "bringing up my boys." I opened the book and these were the first few treasures I found. I thought I'd share them with you, in case you needed a little reminder that you're not alone!

{Boys are bent on making messes, teasing the other siblings, racing through the house, and challenging every decision and order that comes their way.}   ...Amen to that!

{Although individual temperaments vary, boys are designed to be more assertive, audacious, and excitable than girls are.}   ...Yessssss!

{Boys need structure, they need supervision, and they need to be civilized.}   ...Hallelujah!

{...need requests clearly outlined... are slower to learn from their calamities...}  ... Amen!

{I urge you as parents not to resent or try to eliminate the aggressive and excitable nature that can be so irritating. That temperament is part of a divine plan. Celebrate it. Enjoy it. Thank God for it. But also understand that it needs to be shaped, molded, and "civilized". }  ...Oh.my.goodness!

Thanks, Dr. Dobson, I needed that. Bad.

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Darabelle said...

Does he have suggestions for HOW we mold, shape, and civilize!!!

Tiffany H. said...

I only have one boy and sometimes wonder how to do it (raise him). I can only imagine what it's like for you and at least three other friends of mine that have three boys. Keep at it, Kelly! Because whatever you're doing I'm sure is great and they love you for being their Mommy!

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