My 17 month old girl has started pulling down my shirt to look at my chest, she seems very curious about it, but as you might imagine it is not the best thing for the middle of the grocery store. Anyone have any suggestions of how to curb this behavior at least in public if not all together?
I think most little ones do this, or something similar. They don't really have a sense of "private parts" yet. I personally think the best thing to do is just remove her hands when she does it, and calmly and firmly tell her no. And know your not alone in these embarrassing moments. My son has also done this in a few places I wish he hadn't..lol. He doesn't do it as often now at 2 1/2, but it still happens from time to time. I think it's mostly just something they outgrow. I'm not even convinced it's curiosity...they just have no idea as to what they are doing or why that body part is any different then an arm or something. Maybe it's just because it's covered? Toddlers...funny little people aren't they...lol.
I agree with the others, and during this time wear shirts where it's not possible that she can embarrass you in public. If you pick through your clothing and wear shirts (like a standard t-shirt) that a child can't possibly quickly rip down to expose you, you'll get through it. ;D
I agree with the others...at that age, a firm "no" should do the trick. It's just the curiosity of that age.
I can top your story, and maybe make you feel a little better. My daughter was about 2 and we went to WalMart. Right in the middle of the aisle, she runs up to me and yanks my shorts down. Like ALL the way down...with part of my undies. Oh dear GOD, was I mortified. Luckily, only a few people saw, and they laughed right along with me.
I couldn't figure out WHY she would do that...so I asked her...here, she had seen it on "Americas Funniest Home Videos" (she loved that show). LMAO. Needless to say, I avoided WalMart for quite some time after that.
Kids are SO funny at that age. If it wasn't for her hysterical giggling and devious little look, I'm sure I would have gotten extremely mad. Once I realized where she got the idea, and that she was just trying to get a laugh out of me...my anger was replaced with laughter. We had a LONG talk about it though....I explained why you don't pull Mommy's pants down in public. LOL.
Too funny. Our kids give us those priceless, unforgettable moments.
I am howling...lol. Oh my gosh, the things they do...lol.
Grocery shopping a few weeks ago Ryder (2 as well) told everyone at the top of his lungs that "mommy uses the big potty"...lol. Oh, and out shopping (this was at Walmart) there was a young women dressed in that skin tight lycra head to toe in some sort of a brown and tan animal print (I think it might have been supposed to of been leopard?). Anyway, Ryder pointed and and yelled, loudly "look mommy, a giraffe"....I just wanted to crawl under something and die...ha. Oh, they are so so very funny.
OH crap...lmao! A giraffe??? LMAO! Why is it WalMart is good for those experiences? Must be the aroma of plastic in the air or something...lol. That's a riot!!!
I remember taking BOTH of my kids into the bathroom with me when they were little...and you Moms can all relate I'm sure. What do you do with them when they're little and YOU have to go? Sigh...you have to take them in with you. Both of my kids had fun announcing I was a big girl pooping on the potty on top of their lungs in public bathrooms. Oh God. Best part is...when I WASN'T pooping.,..I felt the need to clarify loudly..."Mommy is only peeing!!". Like the women in the neighboring stalls care. They were too busy busting a gut laughing.
One more funny story (not to hijack the thread). My daughter was probably 2-ish and we were in the grocery store. There was this very heavy young man in the same aisle. I could see her eyeing him up with curiosity and thought..."Oh God, she'sd going to say something about his weight". So, I tried to shoo her away fast and then she says (loudly of course)..'LOOK MOMMY!!! That boy has long boobies just like YOU!!!". I wanted to earth to open up and swallow me hole. Thank GOD he didn't hear, I would've felt SO bad!
Incidentally....she wasn't off the mark about the long boobies...mine and his. LOL
Well I tried the t-shirt thing, but she is so fast & strong that the produce man got a pretty good look at my produce...lol I told her no so she pulled her shirt down instead... I guess that is an improvement.
Omg! I am sitting here trying to be as quiet as I can cause the other half is sleeping for work, but oh my god! This is hilarious! Wow! The things that kids don't do! Thanks for the laughs everyone! I hope to see more to come!
The most wonderful thing about children is the entertainment value of their honesty. (When they get a little older, five or six, it is the entertainment value of their lies.) Just this morning a friend and I were exchanging stories about the outrageous things our children have done and could not stop laughing. How dull my life would be without them.
I had a friend who breast fed her baby till he was about 2 years old...every time his mom took him anywhere he wanted to pummel her bosoms ..so it was to say the least hard to go anywhere with her with him in tow..He also demanded to put his head under her shirt..I put it down to the fact he had full reign of her bosoms when feeding and of course it was nice made him feel secure .....hes about 18 now I hope he got out of the habit .
I made myself a dress especially for breastfeedng in public. I cut a hole in the bodice over each breast. Then I made a huge black velvet bow, attached it to the bodice, and snapped the ends over the holes. That worked beautifully. She would snack away with her face under the bow and no one would know. But after a while whenever she got hungry she would suck the bow. My poor dress!
Oh my gosh, how right are you on the honesty bit!!
My son was playing with our neighbors daughter in our backyard last week while we visited with her parents. The kids are 3 weeks apart and will tell you they are best friends, but they also fight sometimes (normal 2 1/2 year old stuff). Well, Ryder came to me crying and said "mommy, Olivia hit me back"...lol. We tried so hard to keep a straight face, but almost impossible to do...lol.
We were returning home by train after visiting friends in the city. My oldest, then about six, was very articulate, much in the manner of Alice, of "Alice in Wonderland." As usual she was talking to everyone around her in the crowded car. The following is slightly abbreviated.
"We saw my Uncle John today. Actually he's not really my uncle, but a friend of my mother's. We call him uncle to be polite. He's black. I have never been so close to anyone with black skin before. I asked him if I could touch his skin. He said yes. Oh, my! It felt like velvet. Just like velvet. If you have a black friend ask to feel his skin. It's like velvet."
There was a look of wonder on the faces of those in the car. (My heart swelled with pride.)
OH my GOD! That is just the sweetest, cutest thing EVER!!!! Kids are just so darn funny!!!
Warning...some graphic animal related content to follow:
I have another good one. My son idolizes his daddy. My hubby is an avid hunter, so, obviously, my son wants to hunt in the worst way. My husband has started exposing him to different aspects in the process.
After getting a deer, if the head is to be mounted, obviously, the head has to be removed from the body and taken to the taxidermist. My son, after some explanation and guidance from hubby, watched this process. He was fine with it, and actually was very proud to tell EVERYONE he saw (in graphic detail) about how his daddy cut the buck's head off and put it in a big bucket. (Yikes)
Needless to say...not everyone in the world wants to even THINK about it, yet get a play by play. While on vacation last year, on a shark fishing outing, he proceeded to tell this group of women alllll about the deer beheading.
My husband said the color drained out of the one lady's face in about 2 seconds. Of course, he apologized to the ladies, and tried to explain to my son that not EVERYONE wants to hear about that, especially animal lovers. His reply was..."Well that's dumb daddy. Do they know the deer is dead when you cut the head off? I think I'll go back and tell them that so they feel better". (He didn't, of course!) Too funny!
One more funny story. My son likes to play (surprise) a hunting video game. Well, one day, he was acting the video game out, pretending to be in the video game. He did this most of the day. At one point, I heard him humming this annoying tune, over and over...and when I glanced over, he was spinning around in a real tight little circle, over and over...humming this little tune that sounded familiar.
I asked him what he was doing...he didn't answer. So I said.."Are you still playing Deer Hunter 5?" He looked at me, totally annoyed and rolled his eyes. I said, "Well, are you?" He answered (with disgust)..."Yeeeees, it's LOADING". There's that little circle in the moddle of the screen that spins while the game loads...along with the little theme tune of the game. I LOL for like an hour straight.
allmiymarbles, that is hilarious. Quite endearing. My son stood in front of the table today where you pick up packets for next years class with the principle, several teachers including the one he has this upcoming year, and some pta heads. His teacher from last year asked what was one fun thing he did this summer. He said "I saw X Men Origens". I turned red as this movie was a MISTAKE. I had dvd'd it off of tv and turned it on before screening it and it was just not a kid's movie but he was already deep into it by then. That is his best summer memory. Great. And then he adds "yeah, it's pg 13. I love pg 13 movies. I've seen tons of them." And As I was dragging him away, I said "that's why you have a dad I guess." And then spoke loudly as we were walking away but still close enough for them to hear . .. "what chapter are we on in that Tom Sawyer book we are reading together??"
My story isn't endearing.
Nursegirl, that is funny about your son!! My dad was a hunter too. I get the 'gross' aspect that seems normal when you grow up around it. Too funny!!!
I hear ya, specialmom. I'm so proud of my little guy. He is like an encyclopedia full of knowledge about just about every animal. Hubby and him have been going on a lot of fishing trips this summer...he can name almost every fish that is native to PA, including which ones are endangered. He's an outdoor sportsman in every sense already.
He went on a turkey hunt last year to observe...his first ever. He was beaming for days afterwards. I never grew up around hunting, so a lot of it is foreign to me. My husband is big on doing things the right way...including, he will not take an animal he will not consume. He doesn't hunt for the "trophy" aspect. We have a winters' worth of meat after a hunt....and he's teaching junior all that important stuff.
I lol picturing you at that table...too funny! That's a treat he won't forget...and he got it "by accident". HA!
We talk of their honesty, but not their lies. Well, my number two girl was a champ in that department.
She hated school. Every morning she would come to me with a new ailment that would keep her home. I knew she was faking and off she would go to school. The school nurse was often fooled because my mischievous daughter was a great actress, and I was fast getting a reputation as a negligent mother. Finally the nurse caught on.
The elaborate descriptions of her ailments were a source of great amusement for me. She put such effort into her act that a couple of times I even pretended to believe her and let her miss a day at school. One of her happiest memories is catching the only real illness she ever had. The mumps. It was a very mild case, but she got to stay home a whole week.
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