Manly Children

“But Mom…l like the dirt under my fingernails. It makes me look more manly.” Jay-8

The Top Ten Ways For A Kid To Look More Manly

1. dirty fingernails

2. messy hair…the current look for the under 12 crowd

3. yellow, unbrushed teeth…why bother, they’re just gonna fall out anyway

4. crusty milk mustache…at least they drink their milk

5. untied shoes with frayed laces…shows their lack of concern for tripping, falling and breaking their neck

6. skinned knees…because it proves they’re a bad-ass

7.  excessive hang nails…to be used as entertainment when bored in class

8. stained t-shirt…or it will be in about 5 minutes

9. an occasional loud burp…followed by hysterical laughter

10. stray boogers…always makes for good conversation

If I have missed anything, please feel free to add to the list.


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15 Responses to Manly Children

  1. Lenore Diane says:

    Dirty socks or dirty feet, because shoes are for wimps!


  2. Renee Mason says:

    Your list is perfect! Somewhere around age 14 my son discovered girls, and now, at almost 18, I can’t catapult him out of the shower.


  3. My 9 year old son likes it when he smells ‘manly.’ You can only imagine how much I, personally, do not love this. I told him he should start to wear deodorant, and he said that he doesn’t want to, because it’ll cover up the ‘cool man smell.’ 😛


    • That “cool man smell” is stinking up my house too. Even when they shower they still come out smelling like wet dogs. They swear they’re using soap but I don’t believe them.


      • My two boys share a bedroom, and then the two girls each have their own room. My girls (and I) often complain about the ‘smell’ emanating from the boys’ room. It’s such a strange combination of fritos, sweat and dirty socks… and it doesn’t seem to matter how many times I was their sheets, steam clean their carpets, or empty bottles of Febreze in their room! Yuck.


  4. It sounds like me when I was 12. Mom? Is that you?


  5. Hello there — came here via Life in the Boomer Lane.

    To add to your list, I would say that an oversized athletic supporter SCREAMS “manly.”


  6. rich ripley says:

    You have two boys and one husband…how could you forget “farting”? My girls sometimes try to out-do each other…and I wipe a tear of pride from the corner of my eye…”chip off the old block” I whisper to myself….”they’re just like their mother.” (sniff).

    honestly though…I address this in my March 7th blog…”good verses evil”, farting…not a manly list.

    Glad that I found your site. 🙂


    • Rich, you’re right…farting is a constant source of entertainment in this house. I left it out because I didn’t want to scare off my new blogging friends. I’m trying to break them in slowly. I’ll check out your March 7th blog and compare notes. Did you know there are children that can actually fart their ABC’s? Just ask my boys…they find this to be the most amazing discovery in the history of the world. 8)


  7. Tori Nelson says:

    Haha! The general odor of poop. The more hidden the better. Nothing adds to a dude’s mystique like the inexplicably funky smell of bodily waste.


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