National Son's Day, which is observed on Sept. 28 every year, is one happy occasion when we celebrate our little boys.

Raising a son comes with a host of challenges, especially in this world which has a fixed notion about how a male should be. The phrase "Boys will be boys," no longer holds true for a society that advocates for the equal rights of men and women. And this brings the mothers under increased scrutiny on what values they are passing on to their male offspring.

Despite the challenges, having a son is a fulfilling experience in itself. Being a mother to a son, a woman goes through the golden experience of watching a naughty little boy bloom into a responsible adult. Having a son can be physically draining too, given their mischievous (sometimes messy) ways of gaining attention or putting forth their demand.

And at times when they send the mom into a meltdown by telling her how much she means to them, all the effort seems well worth it.

This brings us to the conclusion that sons are the best in their unique ways. And, to thank the boys for being born in the first place, here are some quotes that are a nod to a parent's relationship with their son. (Courtesy: Luvze and Goalcast)

  • "Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That's hard enough."- Robert Downey Jr.
  • "Yet now in my arms, I was holding a helpless baby boy who would grow into a man... I cannot imagine that soft little face one-day having whiskers."- Rhonda Stoppe
  • "If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons."- James A. Baldwin
  • "That strong mother doesn't tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in. "- Lauryn Hill
  • "Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged."- Louisa May Alcott
  • "You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes"- Wally Schirra
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