Lynda Loveland: When are boys just being boys?
Posted January 16, 2013
I have a guy friend who often regales me with stories from his childhood. Stories about him and his brother doing things that are so unbelievable they must have driven their parents to the brink of insanity. Stories of destruction and chaos that blow my mind! Call me crazy, but I find them encouraging because he turned out perfectly fine and normal. It gives me hope for my son.
You think men are from Mars and women are from Venus? Young boys are from some distant galaxy! By himself, my seven-year-old son is, let’s just say, a handful. An angel he is not.
He’s caused more than his fair share of trouble. We’ve been working VERY hard on correcting his misbehavior. Well, now he’s teamed up with some other boys in the neighborhood and they’ve been getting their "naughty on," trying to outdo the other. He may very well be the ring leader. I’m not sure.
Anyway, his most recent escapade was ding-dong-ditch. He rings a neighbor’s doorbell and then runs away. There’s nothing quite like lighting a fire under people who live just a house or two away. After I found out, I took him around to all the homes and made him apologize, plus he was grounded. We’ve had countless talks of respecting people’s property.
Yes, he ticked off a bunch of people. It was absolutely wrong. But is he just being a boy when it comes to something like this? Now mind you, there are other things we’re working on with him that are not part of just being a boy.
Should I worry he’s going to end up in juvie or should I just chill about some of it and chalk it up to the sprouting of his testosterone seedlings? Cause he’s sure keeping me awake at night stressing about it!