My kids constantly like to talk about poop, farts and butts, and we get some interesting conversations going from time to time. LoudBoy is not circumcised and we knew at the time he may have some minor social hurdles to overcome since it is not super common in our socioeconomic and geographic environment. I myself am circumcised so am not sure how to best handle some of these situations except through love and logic.
So’re having dinner Monday night (always seems to be at dinner times when these topics surface, just what I want to discuss while eating) and he says:
“Dad, my penis is different than other boys.”
“How do you know?” I ask
“Well, when we go to the bathroom at school [as a group] we see each other’s penises.” I’m picturing 8 kindergartners standing by the urinal all with their pants down showing off their packages. I’m sure it’s more like long stares while they’re actually peeing though.
Holly adds “Well penises are like boobs, they’re all a little different from each other. Even if you had a twin you’d have different penises”
Loudboy: “but one boy says mine was weird”.
We then reassured him his penis was normal and not to worry about. He went back to his ice cream satisfied for the time being. I’m not sure how to best impart wisdom in a five year old to serve as building blocks of confidence in this area in the future. We don’t want to make a big deal about it and want him to feel confident about it especially as he gets older.
Immediately after this lovely discussion, Birdsnest states:
“They’re going to put video cameras in the boys’ bathroom”
BN: “Yeah, some of the boys are peeing on the floor and they’re going to put cameras in to find out who’s doing it.” So she’s convinced the school is going all Porky’s on us and going to be peeping on boys peeing. Yeahhh, I don’t think so Birdsnest.
I hope they catch the masked peeing bandit though, who’s just letting it fly all over the boys bathroom. It’s dangerous, someone could slip and hit their head. Be safe out there!