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Well, now that he's getting older, and clearly more observant, he's started asking me all sorts of questions that I really don't like. It started innocently enough one day when he picked up one of my bras, wrapped it around his belly, and said, "What this for?" My response: It's for girls. I'm not really sure how to explain the concept of a bra to a three-year-old.
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I've had to use this many, many times. For instance, one time Gavin extracted a tampon from the bathroom drawer, brought it to me, and pointed it at my face like he was accusing me of something. "Mommy why do you have this?" Hey, did I give you a cookie yet today? (Snatching tampon and throwing it behind the couch.) Let's go get a cookie! If I can't explain a bra, there's no way in hell I'm explaining a tampon. Seriously, I don't see any other way to deal with this problem than to avoid it. I am not ready to explain the concept of a tampon to anyone, let alone my toddler. I momentarily considered saying it was a big Q-Tip, but I can only imagine the types of problems that could cause further down the road . . .
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Now, I know that I should be anatomically correct and tell my kid the proper names for body parts, but then I have to deal with situations like the time he yelled "Penis!" in the grocery store over and over (I can just imagine him doing the same thing but with "Vagina!"), or the time he asked (in public) "Where are your nipples, Mommy?" Uh, nipples? I have no idea what you're talking about . . . do you want to go to the toy aisle? Yes, let's go to the toy aisle!
Toddlers are curious, and they want to know about their world. I'm just not ready to start discussing lady parts with my kid just yet. Or maybe ever. He's not going to stop liking cookies anytime soon, so that should buy me some time . . .
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