My 2 1/2 year old son is dry day and night (great) but how do i get him to leave his willy alone?

asked 10 Nov '09, 11:46

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He's male. You've got no chance. He may grow out of it in another 18 years or so, but don't count on it.

Seriously, I'm forever having to tell my boys to get their hands out of their trousers (particularly pyjamas). I think it's worth keeping nagging on this one, but at a low intensity level - don't let your son get away with it, but don't make a big deal out of it either. Goodness knows the psychological damage we could do if we made a huge fuss about it...


answered 10 Nov '09, 12:08

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Even longer here in America. We seem to be endlessly obsessed with sex and penises. If you hear any term in the US that you don't understand, odds are, it's slang for one or the other of these.

(10 Nov '09, 13:49) Dinah

I am not qualified to post an answer :) but just as a thought... how about telling him.. "do you see me doing that all the time?" Jon words it perfectly....

(10 Nov '09, 14:58) Emi

@Emi: Your suggested question is making an assumption... ;)

(10 Nov '09, 15:22) Jon Skeet

@Jon Oh noooo, I just realised how that looks ! :) Sorry Phil Seller

(10 Nov '09, 15:36) Emi

It's a battle you can't win. The novelty of these gizmos just never goes away! The best you can do is convince him it's inappropriate to do in front of other people.


answered 10 Nov '09, 19:08

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As the others have said, I think it's a losing battle. By making a big deal out of it, you'll likely make him more interested - "there must be something really special about this is my parents are making such a big deal about it."

It's not necessarily a good thing to just completely ignore, but as long as you can get them to not do it in public, I'd call that good enough.


answered 11 Nov '09, 16:53

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If you can enforce prohibition, good luck to you but I have no idea how on this one! I'd focus on when is appropriate, then when he's out of line, you can remind him of when is appropriate and that now is not the time.


answered 11 Nov '09, 17:04

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My friend's son is having this same exact issue right now. It's driving my friend crazy. Her solution at first, for her almost 2 year old, was to put a onesie on him everyday under his clothes to make it harder to reach in. But I think it's harder to find shirts that snap under the crotch area the older your child gets...and I'm assuming, as Jon mentioned, that this is an ongoing thing. lol

She also told him that he should leave it alone in public (day care) and that he could do that in the bathroom or in his room, but not in the living room or in front of people. She didn't really even want to say that, but she said that with some specific guidelines she hoped it would help with HER emabarssment of him doing it in public.


answered 14 Nov '09, 10:18

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What is a onesie?

(14 Nov '09, 15:41) Phil Seller

A onesie is an undershirt (can be long or short sleeved) that snaps at the crotch.

(14 Nov '09, 18:31) Tammy ♦♦

In British English "snaps" translates to "poppers" (I momentarily had an image of an evil item of underwear with teeth).

(14 Nov '09, 21:02) Meg Stephenson

And it sounds like in British English, "onesies" translates to "babygrow".

(07 Jan '10, 09:59) Benjol
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