BTDT moms- explaining A.F. to your young(er) kids

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BTDT moms- explaining A.F. to your young(er) kids

If your not a BTDT mom- you can still answer if you have any ideas, lol.
I'm on my period, and I KNOW the time is coming when my 4 year old asks me why I wear a diaper (pad) or why is there blood in the potty or on the t.p. etc...I can see him kind of freaking out- b/c in a 4 year old (and 2 year old's) mind, blood= bad/owie. Now keeping them out of the bathroom is virtually impossible, lol. Most moms will attest to that...so what should I tell them? Have any of you had to explain this to a young child? What did you say? Ideas??? I want to be honest, but I'm not sure how to explain it enough where their questions will cease and they'll be content with my answer.

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My kids seem to have always known about periods... They thought it was gross but weren't alarmed because I told them it didn't really hurt me.... Smile I never explained unless they looked concerned tho Wink haha Oh and a few times I had to make sure they didn't touch the pads!!! One time Cassie got an entire package out and stuck them EVERYWHERE. hahaha

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When I had my first PP AF after I had my DD back in 03 one of my then 4 yr old twins came in to the downstairs bathroom after I had used it. He wanted to know why there was a boz of Dynamite on the counter (was my tampons) Smile . They were on the counter because i had a section with her and had some issues so getting them OUT of the cabinet was hard.

Thankfully he was ok with me just saying "It's NOT dynamite"...lol

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I am glad you asked this question Jen. When I had mine and I was in the bathroom, and since I can't do anything alone, I got asked questions! After I was getting my period all the time though - because my body is getting used to the BCP, he stopped asking about it.

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Dang - don't know what I will say when that happens....lucky for now, that bathroom time is not always a team sport, but I guess a very simplified version of the truth...

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Apparently when I was little, I saw a tampon or applicator - dunno for sure - in the toilet and asked my mom 'is that a fish?? Does it live?' LOL

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When my sister was little, she was in the bathroom with my mom and was convinced my mom was going to die...lol. Poor kid.
It's not something I really want to talk about, but I guess I just want to be prepared in case it does happen...so far they haven't asked any questions, but I can see it happening. I try and sneak to the bathroom (our door doesn't lock right- they know if they push it hard enough it will open) and I'm usually pretty nonchalant about it all but still...Ollie calls my pads diapers and it cracks me up...it's kind of what they are I suppose, lol.

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Lol - I can totally see my daughter thinking they were diapers too, and I'm sure there would be a TON of questions about why I'm wearing a diaper since she is a 'big girl' and doesn't wear them any more - haha. My concern isn't as much her questions, but the fact that she has a big mouth! 'My mommy has a diaper on' isn't really the conversation I want her to have with everyone she happens to run across!!

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LOL! I always made sure to repeat over and over to them that Mommy's pads and period are PRIVATE and not to talk about it AT ALL!! haha They never have embarrassed me on that point yet! Wink

But this makes me think of something Raechel said yesterday. Apparently I had got onto her at some point (I definitely do not even remember) for saying "What in the world" so she thought it was bad to say and I said it the other day and she said OH NO you said something bad. So I let her know it was ok to say "What in the world" and she told several people "I am allowed to say 'What in the world' now!"

hahahahaha