I was shocked when my three-year-old son started asking "what's this, what's this?" and pointing to my chest. Isn't it much too early for him to be asking questions like that? I was so unprepared for that question to come up so soon. He used to run his cars up and down in that vicinity and store them in my cleavage, but he didn't seem to notice that there was anything of interest there.
At first I thought that if I changed the subject, he would forget his question, but no... the question came back to haunt me time and time again. One day at the store while we were browsing the DVD section, Leighton stopped in front of a movie cover with a woman wearing a bikini. He pointed to both parts of her protruding chest and said, "What's this, what's this?" Nope - I wasn't getting out of answering the question.
From reading about kids and situations such as these, I know that I'm supposed to use the clinical terms for body parts when my kids start asking questions, but sometimes saying those words out loud to my children isn't as easy as it sounds... the words just don't want to come out, and keeping a straight face is another matter altogether (we're a bit childish in our household). I made the mistake of telling my husband that his son was asking about "boobies" so of course that's the term he picked up on... uh oh. The child misses nothing.
Now he refuses to use the proper term even though he has been corrected time and time again. He even asked the nanny "Where's my boobies?" as he looked down at his chest and searched for the missing body parts. *SIGH* I'm sure this is only the first of many uncomfortable situations I will be in as a mother of two boys, but did it have to happen so soon?
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