I am one of 3 girls. My poor, poor dad, he did so well to survive in a house with four women whose monthly cycle always seemed to fall at exactly the same time month after month. So life with no brothers means that I was never really subjected to what I like to call ‘Penis Capers’.
And so what d’ya knows, I became a mum of a son and to be quite frank, I’m still a little lost on the penis front.
Call it what you will, penis, willy, winkie, dinkie etc etc…I’m just going with the flow (pardon the pun). Since becoming a mum I’ve heard many a story from friends about the antics their sons get up to with their penises and gosh was it new to me. Pulling, flicking, scratching, stroking….a total new ball game (I’m on a roll with the puns!) I do remember thinking ‘my son won’t do that’ with complete naivety. So once the nappy was gone and toilet training started, easy access meant that the penis was discovered and that I developed a whole new appreciation of what it was to be the mum of a son.
So back to toilet training, Elliott has been toilet trained for a little while now but I’m still unsure if what I’ve taught him is right. I recently had to resort to asking my mother in law how she toilet trained Mr. G. So what is all the fuss about? Well, you see, I’ve toilet trained Elliott to wee sitting down! Is that wrong? In the beginning it sort of made sense to me because, you know, it’s less messy and I just thought he wasn’t ‘big’ enough yet to get a good aim. But apparently, I’m supposed to help him with his aim?
And so begins my motherhood journey through boyhood. It’s been relatively straightforward until now. It looks like I will have to make time to read my book by Steve Biddulph ‘Raising Boys’ that has been sitting on my bookshelf for three years, and with that, I’ll leave you a little something out of his book that I probably should have read earlier.
Q: My son pulls and stretches his penis. Is this okay?
A: Basically children won’t damage themselves, because if it hurts they’ll soon stop! Penises are a little fascinating to their owners, feel comforting to hold, and this is fine. Don’t make a fuss about it.