When I popped out my first little darling it was a boy. The boy is now almost 10 and man do I know about it.
I've always been proud of my children, they are well mannered, generally kind and considerate. Yes they argue and I kind of see them a bit like Tom & Jerry, batting each other silly one minute but will have each others backs if a third party is to get involved.
Over the past year there has been a change in the 9yo. He's become very moody, extremely shouty and very teary. He's like a pre-menstrual woman. It's hell! I never expected this. I never gave it a minutes thought about boys actually having hormones. I mean, I know their body changes and things but this?
So here's my top 5 things to look out for if you have pre-pubescent boys.
1. Shouting. If I simply ask him to put his shoes on and it's taken him 20 minutes to get one on which has velcro straps; not laces.
2. Thinking They are More Grown Up Than They Are: Telling the 5yo off like he is her parent. "If you don't do this; then you're not going to so and so's party" I have to keep reminding him he's not in charge of her and her parenting.
3. Crying.. at everything. Can't do his homework, got a code one at school, Mummy took the mickey out of him, iPad has been taken away, thinking about the dog dying (in the future). The fish that actually did die.
4. Lying and getting caught which then leads to number 3.
5. Smelly feet.
And Just as he's probably about to come through the other side of the actual puberty bit, the 5yo is going to start. At least with a girl I'm more prepared and I'm hoping she wont have as smelly feet as my boy.