As I’ve mentioned before, we have reached the point in our lives where I try to no longer allow my older kids to see me naked. It’s just…awkward for everyone.
This doesn’t mean, however, that they never bust into the bathroom when I’m in there. It happens on occasion and has led to more than a few embarrassing situations. Apparently, I need to get into the habit of locking the bathroom door. And they need to get into the habit of knocking. And leaving me alone for more than 30 seconds. But that’s a story for a different day.
As we were in the bathroom getting ready for bed the other night, my oldest son noticed a new box in the cabinet.
“Mom? What does t-a-m-p-o-n-s spell?”
I continued brushing his brother’s teeth and said, casually, “It spells tampons.” I fervently hoped that he would let it go at that.
Of course, he didn’t. “What are tampons?”
At this point, my 4-year-old was looking at me, awaiting my response as well.
I had no idea what to say. The explanation I could give my almost 7-year-old is not the same explanation I’d give my 4-year-old. And while I’m all for being honest and truthful with your kids when they ask questions about this kind of stuff, I was completely stumbling for what to say.
My response ended up being something along the lines of “It’s something that girls need sometimes when they get older. Now finish brushing your teeth. And don’t forget to go to the bathroom.”
That non-answer seemed to satisfy his curiosity, and forcing him to continue to brush his teeth effectively ended any opportunity he had to ask any further questions. By the time he was done, he’d forgotten all about it and was busy arguing with his brother over mouthwash.
I really need to formulate some more acceptable responses to these types of situations. He’s definitely getting to the age where he’s going to ask some serious questions, and giving him vague answers isn’t going to cut it.
Have you been down this road already? How did you handle it? More importantly, how did your kids handle it?
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