Thursday, August 13, 2009
Boyhood in Bloom
Today we did a totally impromptu play date with some friends. It was awesome. John has been experiencing what can only be described as the full flush of his boyhood blooming. Up until recently, he was a bit androgynous. Yeah, he played with trucks, but he would also dress up like a princess with the girls. (PS, John, if you are reading this when you are older... you totally loved it and it doesn't qualify as abuse).
Suddenly, really just over the past few months, we have been in the midst of a pink-hating, chest beating, yelling, plastic gun toting, "I live to annoy my sisters and make them scream", crotch scratching, mom ignoring man fest.
You can imagine how well this has fit into homeschooling. I have a huge resource pool to pull from parenting the girls.... with boys, not so much. I got some great advice from my friend, Terra. She is the mom of three very manly men. And she gave some great advice, mostly it was to treat him like a little man. Try to use charm and subtlety to bend him to my ways and LOTS and LOTS of physical playtime before we ask him to sit still. Guess what? it worked, look who joined us for schooltime today?
We went over to the splashpad and then over to her house this morning, and John cheered when he heard where we were heading. Her place is a little boy wonderland! When we had to leave, he cried.. lol. Clearly, I need to invest in a bit more hardcore boy stuff.