Life will be loud, very, very loud
Boys have two volumes: Loud and LOUDER. For parents looking for a little peace and quiet, having a boy in the house can feel like being in the middle of a monster truck competition during an encore. Rest assured moms-looking-for-quiet, you’re not alone. “They are loud, absolutely fearless, and crazy messy, but in a second they can turn around and run up to you to give you the biggest hug and kiss—and in that moment everything stops for just a minute,” says Patricia, mom of one.
The charm factor
Although they stretch our ear drums to capacity, boys have a way of wrapping their moms around their little dirt-stained finger, time and time again. “I wish I had known that I would absolutely love it,” says Meredith, mother of two. “I love the madness and intensity and fart jokes. I love their tenderness, because it means so much more after all the craziness. As much as I know I would have loved to have a daughter, I am a boy mom through and through.” Emily, mother of two, agrees, “I wish I had known what I sucker I would be. My boy can charm the pants off me and get away with murder. It’s ridiculous.” Here are 13 smart ways to stop sibling rivalry before it starts.