Boys and Bras? - WordFUL Wednesday

A few weeks ago I had to walk through the women's intimates section of a department store to get to another section, when my son asked me what "they" were wearing.

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I wasn't prepared to explain "bra" terminology to a 4 year old so I just said underwear. He seemed to accept my explain. At least for the moment.

A few weeks later while dressing, my son comes into the room and stands there. As I try to kick him out the room, he says he wants to wear underwear also. Huh?
  • Me: But you already have on underwear.
  • My son: No, not that one. That one! And he points to my bra.
  • Me: Oh dear.

I try to explain that this type of underwear is only for girls. Boys don't wear these. He's wants to know why. So I stood there furiously thinking how to explain bras and breasts to a 4 y/o.

The best I came up with on such short notice was, "They just don't, it's not for boys. I will tell you more later. When you older" *whispering to myself, much older!*

I knew I would need to have "certain" type of conversations with my son. But I didn't think explaining bras and their usage would be one of them.

What questions from your child have you been unprepared to answer?




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26 comments:

  1. haha I don't think I've had to explain bras to my boys.

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  2. LOL! That's cute. I think I just told my son they were for girls only.

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  3. LOL, they come up with the questions don't they?

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  4. I just told my son the truth. Afterall, I breastfed him until he was two. I had nothing to hide. : )

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  5. My kids think the bras at the stores are hilarious. I have no idea why but it must be the word "boobies" and their connection to bras.

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  6. oh goodness, Im am getting a lot of those unexpected questions lately with all three of my kids being tweens.

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  7. Oh my! I'm not ready for questions like that yet.

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  8. YIKES!! Both of my boys accepted the "they are for girls" answers. GOOD LUCK!

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  9. never had to explain that because they always saw me feeding a younger sibling. Hated explaining the birds and the bees though. Happy WW

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  10. I have teenagers, you probably don't want to know what type of questions they ask me. :)

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  11. Ha - on a recent trip to Target, my 4-year-old went through picking up bra after bra, holding them up, and saying, "This is just my size."

    I just nodded and smiled.

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  12. I have this conversation with my boys as well except its more about why mommy doesn't have a weewee I simply reply " because girls aren't made with them." LoL

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  13. This is great! I have two boys, so I am taking notes!

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  14. So glad my boys haven't asked me about women's underwear yet, but I bet that was definitely an uncomfortable conversation for you! :)

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  15. Ha! This made me chuckle!! My 2 year old daughter recently told me that she wants to start wearing a bra.....kids! :-)

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  16. LOL That's funny! I recently took my son on a field trip with his class and at the park we were at there were nude statues lining the walkway...of COURSE ALL of the boys had to stare, point and giggle. When we got home he asked me what they were there for and why. Trying to explain art to him...that kind of art, was difficult. He still doesn't get it but one day I know he will. lol

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  17. That's hilarious! My son asked me what my bra was called but hasn't asked why I wear it or why he doesn't, thank goodness.

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  18. That's too cute!

    My sons never asked me about bras but did ask about the differences between male and female bodies when they were younger. I explained in an age appropriate manner that boys/girls bodies are different with different parts. I also got books that explained the differences w/pictures (Loved those!).

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  19. I totally read that in your voice haha. Hmmm I don't know if the boys ever asked me about bras. Haha.

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  20. haha.. my kids have been asking me that.. they even go as far to ask the size.. have been truthful in explaining the actual purpose of that garment and it's only for women.

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  21. Great, now I know what I'm in for. My boys are 8 months old, I'm sure I'm going to look forward to this conversation.

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  22. Oddly, I haven't had to explain bras yet to my son. I am so shy about being undressed in front of him that I don't think he has even seen a bra! I guess I better prepare myself because it is inevitable at this point! You handled it well.

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  23. I responding late to this post. But just wait until you get the "braaaaaas" glean and statement from him. True story. It happened in Target a week ago with my 4yr old. So embarrassing.
    What do you do?
    My response: cut it out!
    That's all I could come up with! I am hunted now when we go in any store.

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