Dogged determination to control MOB rule
MOTHER of boys (MOB) Hannah Evans talks to Lisa Salmon about her new book MOB Rule, which describes the fun and frazzled nerves that come with being an enthusiastic (at times) MOB
Hannah Evans is an MOB three times over.
And as an MOB she has come to the conclusion that bringing up boys "is like dealing with dogs".
While males, or FOB (fathers of boys), may initially take offence at the analogy, her reasoning does, perhaps, make more than a little sense.
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Evans, a mother of three boys aged seven, nine and ten, says "boy pups" need feeding at least three times a day, a tree or a toilet to mark his territory, clear commands of no more than one syllable, such as "stop!" or "no!", love – which may be shown in manic displays of tummy tickling – and most importantly, to go out to let off steam, twice a day, every day.
"Or be warned," she says, "it will be you, not just him, who is climbing the walls."
It's such observations that make Evans's new book, MOB Rule, so easy for other MOBs to relate to.
The book is no guide on how to bring up boys – Evans herself concedes that as an ordinary mum of three, she's certainly in no position to dish out advice.
All she's doing is describing what it's like to be the single female in a house brimming with testosterone.
Evans, 40, insists that despite the sweat, tears and occasional blood she has to deal with, being a MOB is "marvellous", even though she's heavily outnumbered in a household where competition is key, farting is fun, and it's a much better idea to make an exploding volcano from mum's bicarbonate of soda and vinegar than it is to bake girly fairy cakes.
"Making a mess in the name of science is an important part of the mainly male mindset," she cheerfully concludes.
"The reaction I've had to the book from other MOBs is that it's great to know you're not alone," says Evans.
"Mothers of boys – and probably mothers of girls as well, but I wouldn't know – have certain things that they tussle with in common.
"The book isn't about how to raise boys, it's much more a reflection of the issues that come up for me as a woman surrounded by boys."
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