Parenting Series: In My Spare Time, I Raise Boys

Jan 9, 2013 | Faith

Scene 1: A call from Teen Now Driving

 “Mom, I’m filling the van up with gas, but the gas just goes for a little bit and then stops.”  Young Man Filling Petrol Into a Car Petrol Tank

Mother asks questions, questions, and more questions, but doesn’t have the right solution.

“You need to go inside and ask” she says.  

No, I’m not going to do that, “ he says

Did my son just tell me he won’t go in and ask for directions, instructions, or help?

 Note to self: I’m raising a boy.

Scene 2: Tween Boy in Front of Mirror Getting Ready for Church. 

“I can’t get my hair to stay down” after spraying it with water for the millionth time.

My shirt collar won’t stay down.”  He changes his shirt three times.

 Young Man Trying on a T-ShirtI don’t have anything to wear that fits me.”

Translation: My brother is bigger than me and none of his hand-me-downs fit anymore

Question: Since when does he care about what he wears? 

Answer: Since we are visiting a different church where there are girls his age.

Note to Self: I’m raising a boy.

 Scene 3: Stepping over Star Wars figures to open a window in Preteen’s room.

Mom, why do we have to sweep?  Can’t we wait a couple more weeks?


This child’s room reeks of Must, Dust, Turtles, and unswept corners. I’ve dusted the room (attempt #1), washed the bedding (attempt #2)washed the windows, screens, and baseboards with Pine-sol (attempt # 3) to no avail in eliminating the odor.  I resort to good old-fashioned sweeping under everything in the room, which, of course, causes stress on behalf of the child.

Mom, this battle has been going on for two weeks now.  Do I have to move it?”

I scan the “battle.”  There is an intricate battlefield of action figures spawning a bookcase, marble tower, and three other pieces of furniture. This took some hard work, creativity, and time.

Not to self: I’m raising a boy.

I tell him we’ll sweep under and around everything except the “battle.”  Two days later the room still smells musty, dusty, and turtlish.  

I buy an Airwick, close the door, and remind myself,

        I’m raising boys. 

and i wouldn’t have it any other way

Lord, help us to see our children with the humor and wonder that they are.

I’d love to hear the scenes at your house in raising girls and boys!

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 Have a great Wednesday!


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  1. Janette's Sage

    Oh laughing tooooooooooooo hard…know it too well. My fourth to go through the teens and just loved his cologne for Christmas…big change since last year…yes, he is 17 and noticing girls.
    Oh baking soda for the sports smell and inside the shoes…LOL
    Fun post…so true,..the legos have taken over the game room!

    Oh yes on your email…I have been praying about it and will get back to you soon.

  2. Poke N Grits

    Haha! Loved this post! Its so true!

    • brendayoder

      Thank you so much for the reblog!

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