How NOT to Raise a Mummy’s Boy

Have any of you ladies ever dated a Mummy’s boy (that’s Mama’s boy for my American peeps)? Maybe you even married one? Well, I dated one for almost a year and it was one of the worst relationships I have ever been in. Part of it was that he was an arse, but another part was that he was a mummy’s boy. He was 25 and still living with his mother. Nowadays, due to the high cost of housing, this is more common. But it wasn’t so cool back then. I can’t express how I loathed my morning walks of shame.

And now I have a son of my own. A sweet, affectionate, clingy mummy’s boy. I know I must do whatever I can to help him grow up into his own man. I will be doing him a disservice if he cannot love another woman as much as he loves me. Obviously if he is gay, then this is a moot point as I will remain his number one gal. *smiles longingly*  So I thought I would write a guide to not raising a mummy’s boy. I have no expertise, just a lot of natural know-it-all ways.

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How Not To Raise a Momma’s Boy (or The Dos and Don’ts of Raising a Good Boyfriend)
1. Don’t continually tell your son that no woman will ever love him as much as you do.
2. Don’t keep wiping your son’s ass/nose even though he is 10 years old.
3. Do teach your son how to cook and how to wash his own clothes. There is nothing like the gift of self-dependency. On a related not, teach him how to make a killer cocktail.
4. Don’t iron your son’s underpants. This is something no boy/man should ever get accustomed to.
5. Do not let your son think it is okay to wear white socks with dress shoes. This will never be in fashion. Never, I say.
6. Do teach your son the importance of foot rubs. If your son insists on watching sports, teach him that each match/game watched equates to one foot rub to be given. Obviously your son will need to practice on you so that he perfects his foot massage techniques. You are welcome future girlfriends/boyfriends!
7. Do let your son know that it is okay to cry or show emotion in front of others. It’s a new age people. Men no longer have to be strong and silent. BUT, it is not okay to cry if you see a spider.
8. Do teach your son to compliment others. Whether you are being wooed or have been together 20 years, a lady likes to hear that she looks pretty. Do teach your son how to compliment. Acceptable: ‘that’s a nice dress, you look beautiful’. Not Acceptable: ‘you’re pretty, for a bigger girl’.
9. Do teach your son that only babies should act like babies. Babytalk is not cool. Unless you are a baby. Hearing a teenage boy talk to his mother in babytalk (or vice versa) makes me physically ill.
10. Do teach your son that there is no one like his mother. No point looking for perfection. 😉 But if he looks real hard, he may find someone pretty darn nice.


14 thoughts on “How NOT to Raise a Mummy’s Boy

  1. I married a first born son who still lived at home till he was 28. His mother did everything for him, but he is the most amazing husband. However, we both agreed that the boys would be self sufficient from an early age. His mum was the one that had the real issue when he left, he on the other hand picked up on doing everything. I do not want to be in his mother’s position when my boys grow up and find the love of their lives

  2. Lol another great post. You do make me laugh (in a good way) I don’t have any boys (yet) 😉 but I will remember this post if I do one day x

  3. There are few things creepier than grown men using baby talk, when they’re NOT talking to a baby!! Luckily my mister wasn’t a mama’s boy and if my 2 year old stays like he is now he won’t be one either, he’s all about Daddy, not that I’m massively jealous or anything 😉

  4. Fab tips lovely! Both mine are mummy’s boys right now but they are young so i will let them off. They will be taking care of themselves as soon as they are old enough although largely because i am so lazy 😉 xxx

  5. Great tips. Although I think no one should ever iron their underpants anyway (or socks :)). I think the cooking and cleaning skills are so important to instill in any child. Those are the biggest things that help them once they’ve left and stop them clinging to the apron strings

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