8 Items Boy-Moms Can't Live Without - OhBoyMom

8 Items Boy-Moms Can’t Live Without

April 4, 2013 in Parenting

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As a mom to three sons, ages 9, 13, and 15, I’ve gained tons of experience on what my boys can do to challenge me, including my ability to be prepared for anything. A boy-mom needs to be ready at a moment’s notice to combat all types of situations, including injuries, hunger, and dirt. My must-have list of items will be sure to help you out as you raise your little men. Memorize it!

  1. Sneakers. I don’t care if your boys are jocks or musicians, you will need a good pair of sneakers, whether it’s for chasing them around the playground, playing a game of catch, or keeping up with them at the mall. When I lived in New York City, I used to meet up at the park with a stay-at-home mom who wore HIGH HEELS every day. I used to watch her try to navigate the sandbox or run after her two toddler boys in her Jimmy Choos and although I give her credit for refusing to give up her former work wardrobe, I snickered at her stupidity. I should have anonymously sent her a gift of Nikes.
  1. Anti-bacterial wipes. I’m not just talking about having these in your house. Keep these handy everywhere. You may as well have them velcroed to your hip. You will need these in the car after your son spills juice in one of the cup-holders. You will need these near or in your bathroom after your son pees all over the seat. You will need these in your purse because no matter where you are, your son will inevitably have dirty hands.
  1. Snacks. Boys like to eat, a lot. I’ve nicknamed my car the roving refrigerator. Just make sure you have snacks with you at all times or things could get ugly — and noisy — and whiny.
  1. Insurance Card. Forget the first-aid kit or band-aids. With boys, you’ll be headed to the Emergency Room eventually. And, it’s going to happen more than once.
  1. Ear-plugs. Boys are loud, pretty much all the time. They like to scream, fight, and sing really loud. And if they are teenagers, they will play their music on the highest volume possible. Have ear-plugs handy. You won’t be sorry.
  1. A camera. Boys do funny things. You don’t want to miss those moments, like when he’s on an airplane and wraps the blanket around his head like a turban or when he shampoos his wet and soapy hair into a Mohawk. Priceless photo ops, I promise!
  1. Other Moms-of-Boys. I know this doesn’t qualify as an “item” but you will definitely need the camaraderie and support of other moms raising boys. Whether you see them in person, talk to them on the phone or regularly text or email, make sure these moms are part of your life. They will be an indispensable component of your sanity.
  1. Wine. Boys will test your patience and your stamina. There’s no better way to end an exhausting day chasing a little boy or navigating the mood swings of a tween or teen boy than with a glass of wine. No matter what age boy or boys you are raising, you will need to relax and recharge… Oh, who are we kidding? This remedy applies to ALL parents! Whether you have boys or girls or both, I highly recommend a cold glass of chardonnay once your kids are in bed, or if you can’t wait that long, start pouring sooner and explain to your kids that mommy needs her special “juice” before bed too.

No one ever said raising boys was easy, but if you can at least be prepared to handle all types of boy behaviors, you will be in much better shape to tackle any parenting challenges – as well as to celebrate the joys of boys.

 

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Grown and Flown April 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

Other boy moms, right on the mark. My boys were so wild when they were small that we lived in an almost all boy world. Other boy moms made me feel like I wasn’t raising demons, but rather just some VERY active kids. Love this!

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ohboymom April 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Yup, if it weren’t for our boy-mom friends who we can commiserate with, we’d think we were doing (and feeling) something wrong!

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Dorothy April 4, 2013 at 9:11 am

I am the mother to one boy (and two girls) and the little sister to four older brothers and one item I would add to your list is “a sense of humor”. I know my parents had it in spades and keeping humor in my arsenal has been key to keeping sane on a round the clock basis!

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ohboymom April 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

You are so right about needing a sense of humor! I agree that it’s an absolute necessity to keep our sanity in check! Thanks for commenting!

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Kristi Campbell April 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

Emily, you nailed it. Anit-bacterial wipes? Check. Sneakers? Check. Camera? Well I need to buy a better one. And the most important item of all? WINE. Thank you for reminding me that I am okay even though I basically well, need it. Okay, of course I don’t “need it need it” but I really like to have it on hand. Just in case I need it. I mean want it. Right. Ok. Happy Thursday.

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ohboymom April 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I say you wouldn’t be “okay” unless you needed your wine. We ALL need/want it! I’m not quite sure how people parent without it. :)

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Kristi Campbell April 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

anti not anit. sorry. bah.

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Janine Huldie April 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

Even having girls a few of these are on my list too, especially the ear plugs and wine, lol!! :)

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ohboymom April 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Yup, I could definitely see how some of these apply to girls too! :)

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Cyndi April 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

I really like how you think. When/if I have kids, I’m coming here for more advice.
I also hope your mom continues to recover – still thinking about you. And yes, tennis shoes are a must. ;) Have a wonderful day!

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ohboymom April 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Thanks Cyndi, always appreciate your thoughts. And I love how you say “tennis shoes” instead of “sneakers.” You must be from the midwest originally. All my midwestern college friends used to say “tennis shoes” and I argued that they are called, “sneakers.”

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Jennifer April 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

I would add coffee in the morning. Never touched the stuff until my boys came along!

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ohboymom April 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

You are so right about a caffeinated drink! I don’t drink coffee either, but I can’t live without my iced tea in the morning! Thanks for commenting!

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Katia April 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

So true. I agree with every single one. Especially the wine. I told myself countless times, I need to start drinking :-)

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ohboymom April 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Yes, drinking wine should almost be a requirement before becoming a mother. :)

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Roshni April 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I agree about the snacks and the wine! I go to Costco *every week* to replenish supplies of both!! :D

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Mel April 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Oh, the joys I have to look forward to… I’ll definitely remember the bit about the insurance card–my midwife’s assistant’s son just went to the ER for the second time this month. :)

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ohboymom April 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Wow, 2 ER visits in one month is impressive. I’m hoping that’s the quota for that boy for a while…:)

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Ruchira April 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I agree on most of them…also you forgot chips/candies :))

I hope your mom is out of the woods, Emily.
Hugs!

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ohboymom April 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

The chips/candies are for the moms, right?! :)

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Kelly April 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Oh BOY! With girls – you don’t even need a list – just a credit card and a microchip. I had them done when the dogs got theirs. Haha. Ok not really but I might be on to something!!

Now about that wine…:D

Hope all is well and improving each day!

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ohboymom April 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I think you ARE on to something with that micro-chip idea! I love your thinking…:)

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Michelle Liew April 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I love all 8 items, but particularly number 8, Emily! Well said!!

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ohboymom April 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Thanks Michelle. Yes, #8 seems to be everyone’s favorite. :)

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Mommyproof April 5, 2013 at 1:34 am

This is great -I think I’m gonna need these!! Only time will tell if we have all boys or not… but we’ve got one (lovely and simultaneously wild, I mean, active) one. Thanks for sharing xox.

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ohboymom April 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

From what I’ve heard, some of the items on my list apply to girls too, so yes, keep it handy!

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Melanie Chisnall April 5, 2013 at 3:13 am

If I ever have a boy or boys one day I will keep these in mind. Can definitely see the sneakers, snacks, ear-plugs, and wine coming in handy! Great post! ;)

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Giveaways 4 Mom April 5, 2013 at 8:43 am

This is a great article and as a mom of three boys I must say that I totally agree.

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ohboymom April 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I’m glad you agree! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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Julie DeNeen April 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I only have one boy, but I was like, “Yep yep yep” You are so right!!

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Kristi Campbell April 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I know I already commented here. But just wanted to remind you that I <3 you and that I'm thinking about you and and and. Mwah.

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ohboymom April 7, 2013 at 9:42 pm

You’re the best – thanks! <3

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