I did something completely natural, and now I'm worried that my child could be scarred (or should I say scared) for life. What did I do? I inserted a tampon in front of my son.
Radical Mommy: This morning, I was taking a bath before work and my 4 1/2-year-old son sat next to the tub and played while we chatted. This is a completely normal scenario for us, as there is little to no modesty in our house.
When I got out of the bath, I dried off and noticed that my period had started (way too much info I know, but it's part of the story) so I dropped the towel and grabbed a tampon and started putting it in. It was only then, when I saw my little son's face staring at me quizzically from two feet away, that I suddenly realized, "Holy sh**, maybe he shouldn't be watching me do this."
Sure enough, sooner than I could shoo him away, he blurts out, "Mama, what are you putting in your penis?" (Don't be alarmed, my son definitely knows that girls have vaginas and BOYS have penises, but sometimes he gets confused.) Anyway, all I could think to say was, "I'm putting a tampon in my vagina. But don't worry about it. I'm fine."
I'm not sure if he had any other questions, because right after my dimwitted response, I apologized to him for doing that in front of him and said that I wouldn't do it again. He was so sweet and said, "It's okay, Mama, it's funny when you put things in your penis."
Is it, though? Was it alright to do that in front of my son? Will he be scarred for life? Will he remember it? PLEASE, PLEASE let me know what you think.