11 Comments Moms of Boys Never Want to Hear Again

11 Comments Moms of Boys Never Want to Hear Again

Think before you blurt out one of these over-used comments to mothers of boys.


By Kelly Bryant

There’s this really weird phenomenon that happens when a stranger or acquaintance discovers I’m a mom of two little boys: They become inexplicably sad. I’m not kidding. A look of sorrow crosses over their face almost each and every time I reveal this seemingly non-depressing fact about myself, and it did not take long for me to understand why. They feel bad I’ll never know what it’s like to have a daughter. Apparently, having a daughter would truly make my life complete in ways my two smart, funny, and – dare I say, adorable – sons cannot, at least in their eyes.

I’ll be the first to admit when I was expecting my first child, I did have high hopes for a girl. Pink frilly dresses, hair bows, and those sweet little Mary Jane-style socks all sounded very appealing. Don’t get me wrong, they still do. But I’m here to tell you, us mothers of boys, we’re cool. Our lives are not empty because we live in a sea of blue as opposed to one of pink. What’s not so cool, however, is the barrage of annoying comments we receive from those who don’t believe us. So, without further ado, here are 11 things we really wish you’d stop saying to moms of boys.

1. “I always heard, ‘It must be wild at your house! So, you live with the House Wreckers Union?’ And one unnamed relative always said she couldn’t wait to get home to her quiet house.” -- Joan P., Norfolk, Virginia

2. “‘He plays football, right?’ They always ask that because my boys are built like tanks and are tall. But, no, we don’t really do sports. Thanks for pointing that out.” -- Meridith D., Pitman, New Jersey

3. “At least you will remain the queen of your house.” -- Julie Z., Los Angeles, California

4. “‘Boys are great, but the relationship between a mom and her daughter is amazing.’ My response is always, ‘I’m a daughter and fully aware of that relationship.’” -- Katie M., Tampa, Florida

5. “‘He needs a sister.’” -- Brearley K., Los Angeles, California

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6. “My favorite was from my mother-in-law who, after I had my second boy, said, ‘At least you tried.’” -- Tara R., West Milford, New Jersey

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7. “‘When are you going to try for that girl?’ Never -- please accept it!” -- Jen S., Wheaton, Illinois

8. “People will say, ‘You’ve really got your hands full.’ It’s as if having a daughter isn’t just as much work.” -- Julie N., St. Louis, Missouri

9. “‘Maybe you should consider getting a female dog so you’re not the only girl in the house.’” -- Stephanie W., Dublin, California

10. “‘Boys are more work when they’re little, but at least you won’t have to deal with a teenage girl.’” -- Kerry S., Brooklyn, New York

11. “‘Are you sad you won’t get to plan their weddings?’ No! I’m barely over the emotional strain of planning my own wedding.” -- Renee M., Golden, Colorado


Kelly Bryant is a freelance writer and pop culture junkie. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons. Follow her on Twitter @MsKellyBryant.

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