6 yr old. Ask Questions about girls.

Tanya - posted on 07/09/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have 9 and 6 year old boys. My 6 year old ask question all the time of why women dress so revealing. He asks mommie are her boobies going to fall out or why is her bottom hanging out? Also he ask about the little girls who can't seem to keep the skirts down and not show everyone there panties. I don't know why women dress this way and don't know what to tell him.

Any suggestions on how to explain all this to him.

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Carla - posted on 07/10/2010

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My my, some of the things that come out of kids' mouths! I must admit, I sometimes secretly ask myself the same thing ;)

Little girls like to show off their pretty panties, and I guess a lot of grown 'little girls' haven't outgrown the practice! From personal experience and observation, these women are insecure and looking for affection. I don't know how you will translate that into 6-year-old language. Maybe an 'I don't know, honey' will suffice for a while----

Bess - posted on 07/10/2010

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I'm sure I will be going through the same thing, as my two sons are now 5 1/2 and 15 months. However, we have already touched on the basic issues of respect for our and others' bodies, modesty, but also pride for the beauty and miracle of our bodies. For instance, when we use the toilet or get dressed, the door is closed; however, if one accidentally sees the other, we don't have a fit but excuse ourselves politely. In addition, as a family we have friends from different social, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds, which helps the kids to see that different people express themselves differently. What one sees as normal, another might see as too conservative, or too open. What one person would never wear might make another feel comfortable or "pretty", as Sheila points out. I'm sure as your child gets older, he will come to understand that people are different and accept different things as normal.

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Maybe tell him that women dress a certain way because it makes them feel good about themselves. Some like to dress comfy, jeans and t-shirts, some like to dress so they feel pretty (even if it is too revealing). I have a 5 year old daughter who is usually pretty good at keeping her dress down, but still needs to be reminded to keep her dress down sometimes or "we don't sit like that in a dress". I would tell him in that situation that little girls just don't know better, but are learning.

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