Teenage boy behavior

Filed under: Teens, Day Care & Education

Being the mother of a teenage boy is so different from how I remember my own teenage years. Yes, I know, I'm a female, but I am certainly getting educated on the differences between teenage boys and girls. I have no brothers, so this is all new to me.

When my son was younger, he would come home from school and I would ask him, "How was school?" "Fine," he would mumble. Occasionally I would get an answer other than fine, but it was only if someone vomited on the floor during lunch or there was a food fight. I remembered my own school years, sitting at the kitchen table after school, telling my mother every little detail of my day, who I sat by at the lunch table, who was my BFF during recess, and who I was mad at that day.

Some of the things I've learned from having a boy are branded on my brain forever. I don't even call my own panties, "panties," I call them underwear. The word panties must be stricken from the vocabulary of the mother of a boy. My son recently got a haircut and I asked him, "Did anyone notice your new haircut?"

"No, Mom, no one cares, it's just a haircut." Do you hear my heavy sigh? "Well, did anyone tell you that you looked cute or handsome?"

"No, Mom, that's stupid. I wear a uniform to school every day and if any of my buddies told me I was cute, I'd punch them."

Kyle has a group of friends, both boys and girls, who all eat lunch together every day. I asked him if he ever listens to the conversations the girls are having and he said he's tried before, but it mainly sounds like "Blah blah, hee hee, blah blah."

I've also been chastised for calling any kind of clothes an "outfit." A shirt with a pair of pants is not an outfit, it's just clothes. How will I make it through my child's years in high school without knowing what everyone wore to school that day, who got their hair cut and who has a pimple?

Any other mothers of teenage boys out there missing their school gossip fix?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.