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but it's not for me, per se, but Himself. Of the many reasons I hate being a single mom, answering his male phisiology questions has to be #1 on the list.

So, tonight I get him in the tub. I go off to give him privacy...but he gets quiet, so I have to go back in to check on him (I do NOT want a repeat of his "peepee art" phase!). He is sitting in the tub, smooshing his scrotum, with a perplexed look on his 5 year old face.

"What's up?" I ask...dreading the answer, but, you know, you gotta ask.

"What are these balls?" he asks in a very perturbed voice.

"Errrr - that's your scrotum. It's part of your penis" I venture, hesitantly.

"Huh. Why are they squishy?"

Ummmmmmmm - I dunno. And that's what I told him. I also told him to ask his Uncle James or his Papaw or Grandpa. It'll be a bit before he sees any of them, though....so.

I gotta ask - how does one answer this type of question? I mean, I'm not equipped with the same equipment (and he asked why that was, too......) so I don't have the, ummm, first-hand experience to properly answer these types of questions.

I mean, Dusty has been happy to demonstrate some things (like the "proper" stance to keep your feet dry), but I have a feeling he'd get a bit perturbed if we started squishing his balls in some sort of demonstration attempt. *g* There's only so much a horse can take, y'know?

(And I really hate to see the kinds of spam I'm gonna get for this one!)
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Date:March 15th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)
Well, you have two options there, one if he thinks that the Actually ball-like parts are "squishy" it's because they are not fully developed on him. If he wondered why the whole scrotum is "squishy" it's because in order to work right they need to stay apprxomatly the same temperature all the time. So the 'sack' of skin they are in, called the scrotum, can expand and contract to either get airflow to cool them off, or contract towards the body to warm themselves up.
How you explin that to him if up to you, but that's the basics *L*

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Date:March 15th, 2005 10:26 am (UTC)
Hi! I recognized the name - thanks for taking the time to respond!

I think he was curious as to why the whole scrotum was squishy - I had to to find something else to look at, because it was pretty funny (think play dough....and slinkies. I winced a couple of times!)

Good answer - I'll try to explain it to him without stammering and stuttering....and hope he doesn't ask any more Why? or How Come? or But, what? questions. I had no idea that 5 was going to start off so difficult (I almost said hard, but in context it made me laugh. *g*)

At least he hasn't argued with the whole "God gave you a joystick, but you have to play with it in private" lecture. *g*
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Date:March 15th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
It's Perfectly Normal)
What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys : A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Sons

They're both aimed at the 9 - 12 yo age group. However, they'll give you the information you need to answer his questions and he can read them later himself and discover that you were right all along.

What I found worked with Zeph was keeping it simple and age appropriate. When he was about 6, he found me in hysterics over the instructions for the Reality(TM) female condom, he asked what a condom was for. So I said that it was a thing that guys put on their penises to stop them getting girls pregnant when they had sex. Next question: How do they have sex? I gave a brief explanation (tab a, slot b, wiggle and squirt). His response: Ewwwww, that's gross!

A couple of years earlier it was: What does "gay" mean? Answer: A gay guy is a guy who'd rather have a boy as a friend to cuddle with than a girl. A gay girl is one who'd rather snuggle with another girl than a boy. Worked fine for a 5yo.
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Date:March 15th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendations! I just hit half.com and got It's Perfectly Normal and It's So Amazing, so hopefully we can have "the talk" without it being painful or too embarrassing (for me - the kids don't seem flustered at all!)

Herself is going to be 8...I really need to start discussing this stuff with her soon - there's a *lot* of unwed mothers in Dallas (which we are NOT in, thankfully!) and the papers keep running stories on them....*sigh*. When did it become so popular to get pregnant at 12????

Oh, and I loved the reviews for "Normal".....*snicker*.
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