I have two kids– a boy and a girl. They have very different personalities- sharing the same parents is about where their similarities end. My daughter is highly confident, happy-go-lucky, laid back and doesn’t have a worrying bone in her body. Even as a baby she was almost always in a good mood and never needed me right by her side to be happy. My son is the opposite- brooding and emotional, very affectionate, sensitive, fearful and in need of frequent reassurance. He’s gotten less so as he’s growing up but deep down, he’s always a kid who wants a hug and someone to snuggle him to sleep. I have found over time that I definitely have very different relationships with both of them and parent them accordingly. Because of my son’s personality, I find that I do baby him a bit more. I give him whatever cuddles and hugs he needs and I am very patient with his myriad of fears and concerns. He’s also small for his age and so easy to pick up and carry around, even at five years old.
All of this makes me kind of concerned at times- worrying that I’m making him into my “little prince” who can do no wrong. He is definitely a bit of a momma’s boy, which makes me nervous. Growing up, I always railed at my mom for going easier on my brothers than me. I felt like I could commit the same offense as my brothers and be punished twice as hard so when I found out I was going to have a son, I vowed to never favor him over my daughter. I would not fall victim to the nauseating trope that boys are their mother’s faultless angels, worshipped from birth. Fellow #momsofboys Beth Ramos and Megan Zander know exactly what this is about as we have jokingly dubbed ourselves the founding members of the Creepy Mom’s of Boys club. We imagine our futures spent stalking our sons from our Creepy Mom’s Minivan with the ladder strapped to the roof a la the motherhood ode to son-stalking, Love You Forever. It’s very healthy.
To fuel our fire, the internet has no shortage of obnoxious and nauseating mother-son quotes meant to warm our hearts (or induce vomiting). Of course there are quotes about fathers, daughters and mother/daughter but none are quite so barfy (and vaguely romantic) as the quotes about mothers and sons. Allow me to demonstrate-and try to keep your breakfast down:
1. Mothers of sons work from son up till son down.
And I guess mothers of girls eat bon-bons and crochet?
2. You are my son-shine!
3. You’ll be his first kiss, his first love, his first friend. You are his momma and he is your whole world. He is your little boy.
His first kiss? His FIRST KISS?!??!
4. His little hands stole my heart and his little feet ran away with it.
5. So there’s this boy. He kinda stole my heart. He calls me mommy.
I really shouldn’t have looked these up right after a big dinner.
6. Sons are the anchors of a mother’s life.
No pressure there, little buddies. You’re just all she’s hanging on to, no big deal. Just don’t.screw.it.up.
7. A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, and his mother the longest.
8. Son, you’ll outgrow my lap but never my heart.
This one is probably the least squicky of the bunch. At least it acknowledges that you have to stop putting him on your lap at some point. Doesn’t say when, though. #forever
9. There has never been anything quite so special as the love between a mother and son.
Are you listening, daughters? You will never be as special! Like, don’t even try.
10. A son is a mother’s most precious treasure.
Again, no pressure.