1) Tell me a little bit about yourself and your children.
Hi Giggles, Glitz, and Glam readers! I am Trina AKA Momma Birdie from the blog, Feed the Birdies. My blog came from two little toddler-age boys eating Happy Meals in the back of a mini-van, who decided that they were done with cold french fries, pitched them out the door, screaming, "feed the birdies!!" Those two little toddler boys aren't so little anymore, and in fact, they have passed me up by about two or three inches and I now have to look up when I hand them a super-sized combo instead of the Happy Meal these days. (not that we eat McDonald's all the time...ha!) Those two boys also have a little sister who is 5 this year, and she adores them. My husband and I raise these tooties the best we know how, instilling a little bit of everything we are and a little bit of all we do along the way.
2) Teenage boys? Goodness gracious...what would you say is the most difficult and the best part of raising teenage boys?
Whew...raising teenage boys...it's a good thing I am a high school teacher and my classes are all Freshmen! You must have the patience of a saint at times, and others, the best sense of humor ever. I could go into all the brain research and why they do the things they do, but that might take too much time away from making the 6th meal of the day...full meal...and that doesn't count the snacks. Get my drift? They eat. A lot.
Those boys, though, love their momma, and they know when to back off and when to say yes ma'am...just in time to avoid the scooter or the car keys being taken away. My oldest son will start driving this Friday...eeek! And my younger son is on his way to driver's ed in the fall. One thing I have learned for sure, is that boys need their mommas, whether they tell you that or not. We have always made sure that our kids stay involved with even the day to day activities at home...if we are in the living room, they don't mind hanging with us...they don't go in their rooms and shut the door for the afternoon. By the way, if the door IS shut, knock. *wink* Save yourself. Ha! I also try to teach my boys to help with "girl" chores...dishes, laundry, cleaning, etc. They have to learn to help their sweet wives, and who else can teach them that? The most difficult part of raising these two handsome men has been watching how kids their age have aged so quickly. Innocence is lost so fast these days...they see and endure and worry far more than I would rather they did. I hate that they run into peers that can be so mean, have little to no guidance, and just plain don't know that love comes a lot easier than hate. I have done all that I can to make sure my boys know they are loved, for sure, unconditionally.
3) How much different is it to raise a girl than it was your sons?
Well, little miss...she's a whole different ball game! From the beginning, she was a princess and she knows it! Her two older brothers ADORE her and I feel so sorry for her dates in about 11 years! Ha! Girls are much more emotional and much more dramatic, but they also love to sit and paint nails, color, and shop for clothes. My little one will literally sit, quietly, at a nail salon for a pedi and mani...two hours plus. No kidding. Now she can be a little bossy, and she sure does like to tell her brothers what to do (they listen, too, lest they are subjected to a blood curdling scream that leaves them temporarily without hearing). She's sweet but picky, helpful but messy, and so like me but so not like me. But I wouldn't change one minute.
Being a momma is the most rewarding job you will ever have...it's second to nothing...it's funny and sad and busy and adventurous...and nothing but pure love.
Thanks so much, Jana, for letting me guest post for you! I wish you all the luck and love and joy of becoming a momma! Come see me at Feed the Birdies...I'd love to meet you!