My son is a sweet & sensitive boy. As he quickly approaches the age of 12, his height, his looks, everything tells me that it is just a matter of time before he begins the serious change into adulthood. Yet his soft cheeks & huge brown eyes are just as they have always been since he was my little nursling.
When he was little, before we ever thought of homeschooling, let alone unschooling, I worried for him. He trusts absolutely, & never treated other kids in a rough or dominant manner. I feared that other kids, especially boys, would at some point target him, consider him weak & hurt him, physically or emotionally. One of my greater satisfactions in life is that my son is free to be himself without being ridiculed by others who don't value his loving attributes.
Some people like to label sensitive boys who enjoy being with their mothers "Mama's Boy", & they don't mean it in a positive way. Even today, boys who aren't very athletic, who like more "inside their heads" kind of activities, & don't behave in a more domineering manner are put down. I've always tried to let my son know that I respect his interests & honor his gentle personality.
Yesterday, Shaun & I spent a good chunk of the day together, just the two of us. We took a long walk through the woodland trails & into the neighborhood around us, then ran errands, including lunch out. It was quite fun & gave us an opportunity to talk about a lot of different things.
Today, Shaun asked me if we could have plan another "just us" day. He listed some suggestions: going for a walk, then lunch, then a movie, then walk around the mall, then maybe even dinner out (!). He definitely wanted to make the most of our upcoming day. As it turned out, a nearby theater is staging "Eurydice", a Greek play. Shaun is seriously in love with Greek mythology right now, so I showed him the review & asked if he wanted to go. Well, he jumped at the offer, so next week we'll be heading into the Boston area to see the play.
Shaun has also just started playing World of Warcraft (thanks Kelli & Kyra!). He's still in his 10-day free trial period, but is planning on joining full-time. He has also asked me to join. This is a huge interest of his & he wants to share it with me & be able to have adventures with me (or actually, my future characters). I'm honored that he wants me to be a part of this with him.
People who put down the "Mama's Boy" have no idea what they are missing - a wonderful engaging relationship with a future amazing man.