I’m not sure if it’s turning 5, starting school, or a combination of the two, but lately there have been some big changes in my son.  He’s turned from a cute little angel into, well how shall I put this, a BOY!  A walking, talking, farting, real life boy.  With this sudden boost of testosterone has come a whole new set of rules.


So here it is: Rules for Life (when you are 5 and a boy)


NB – I think some of these rules might also apply if you are 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 or 35 and if you are a girl.


1 Everything is a competition.  

You must be the first to the front door, the first up the stairs, the first to get dressed. Everything is a race.  If you do not come first you must protest loudly and at times cry about it.  You must never lose graciously or be a good sport about things.


2 Superheros rule the world.  

You must dress as a superhero whenever possible.  If it is not possible improvise. Coats must never be worn with the arms in the arm holes, but always buttoned around the neck like a cape.  Talk about superheros all the time.  Interrupt Mummy and Daddy talking just to tell them a fact about Batman.  Trust no one, random strangers in the street are all possible bad guys and must be defeated so you can save the day.  Don’t worry if your Mummy and Daddy don’t let you have guns or lasers, you can point and shoot your arm just as well.  Please note that grown up are not to be believed when they tell you that Spider-man eats his peas.


3 Poo and farts are funny.  

Fact.  The louder and smellier the better.  The word poo can also be used as the ultimate insult.  If someone doesn’t want to play superheros they are a ‘poo-poo head’.


4 Stay away from girls and anything pink.  

Girls are rubbish.  Boys are awesome.  Girls are your mortal enemy and should be avoided at all costs.  Run screaming in the other direction if a girl approaches you in the playground.  If you have to say their names rhyme it with another name or two or three like Susie-woozie-toosie.  Mums and Nanas are OK especially if they give you sweets.  If you have a sister they can be tolerated in very very small doses.  Treat anything pink with suspicion and disdain. Except pink marshmallows.  They are OK.


5 Never stop moving or talking.  

Do not let anything get in the way of you talking, you can talk whilst you eat, you can talk whilst Mummy is trying to talk on the phone or go to the bathroom, you can even talk whilst you are sleeping.  If you run out of things to say you can just make sound effects for everything you are doing.  Singing is good too.  Just make sure it is the same two lines of the same song over and over again, until everyone in your house is walking round singing it too.  The same applies for moving.  Run, jump, skip and skid but never be still.  If a grown up enforces sitting for any period of time ensure you swing you legs and fidget at all times.


Batman & Baby
Batman & Baby



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17 Comments on Rules for Life (when you are 5 and a boy)

  1. Tiffany
    March 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this they are all so true. However, I learned today that 5 year old’s do not like farts if their brother starts farting in their face 🙂 Mine also hates to wear pants (it’s an ongoing war lately)..how does yours feel about covering up his super hero underware?
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    • Claire
      March 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm (2 years ago)

      As long as he gets to wear a cape of some description he’s a happy batman 😉

  2. HonestMum (@HonestMummy)
    November 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm (2 years ago)

    School does influence then doesn’t it. I feel like Oliver has matured so much since school he’s 4 going on 40! He’s always been sensible but he now tells the other kids off when they misbehave and like the Fonz, he’s still popular despite this-too cool for school! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  3. You Baby Me Mummy
    November 23, 2014 at 9:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Great post! Some of them have definitely made their way over to girls! Fabby post and thanks for linking up to #TheList x

  4. Yvette @ BigTrouble
    November 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this! Boys are non-stop fun and to be fair, us girls can be a bit scary to be around! 🙂 Won’t be long until he’s teaching his brother all he knows, so farts and poo will be funny a whole lot sooner!

    • Lifeloveanddirtydishes
      November 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm (2 years ago)

      I know. I’m well and truly outnumbered when in comes to fart humour!

  5. gluestickmum
    November 23, 2014 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

    You are quickly becoming one of my favourite bloggers! This, as ever, is marvellous – funny and oh so TRUE!
    Having my only son after 3 girls this boy thing is unchartered territory, so I am taking notes.

    • Lifeloveanddirtydishes
      November 23, 2014 at 9:29 am (2 years ago)

      Ahh, thanks so much. That is really nice to hear.

      Boys are a different species, as much as I love my two boys I am determined that as the only female in the house I am going to remain girly and have pink thinks, no matter how much they protest 😉

  6. Spidermummy x
    November 22, 2014 at 7:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh I do love this. I have a 5 year old boy and yes to all of the above!!!! Just WHERE does that energy come from?!!! x

    • Lifeloveanddirtydishes
      November 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm (2 years ago)

      If yours is anything like mine he doesn’t stop eating. I can’t fill the kid up! 😉

  7. Not Your Average Baby
    November 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm (2 years ago)

    This describes my nephew to a tee. Especially the ‘everything is a race’ part, and heaven forbid he’ll sit quietly for a minute. No chance! So true! Maria x #TheList

    • Lifeloveanddirtydishes
      November 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Two weeks ago he was planning on getting married and had loads of girl friends. Now it’s like they have the plague! He even has a song about girls being rubbish!


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