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post #1 of 28
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so we were out at an IPTV event in our hometown today and While we were walking my son tells me that his penis gets big when he sees boys that look and sound like girls.  I responded with an ok but reminded him that we dont talk about our penis in public and we could talk when we got home.  how do I respond to him?  Im not against LGBT people or anything I have friends who are lesbians, but it does make me rather unsettled at the thought of my own kids, mostly because of the fear I have of how others would react.  Am I just overreacting?

post #2 of 28

At age five, I wouldn't talk too much about the 'boys looking like girls' part, but focus more on the normal body function- yes, boy's penis's sometimes get large when they are happy or excited (or whatever words you think work best). He's probably more curious about how his body works than anything else.

 

I know some children are aware of their sexual orientation as young as five, but I am not sure how common it is. I think you'd need a little more information than that one comment to conclude he is gay, though! Kids say a lot of stuff.

 

I think it's always a good idea to normalize all sexual orientations by being friends with GBLT people and talking about different relationship combinations. If he is gay, those conversations will go a long way toward helping him feel supported. If he's not, then he'll be better prepared for living in a diverse world.

post #3 of 28

I have a 6yo DS, who has commented several times that his penis gets big sometimes. I don't know that he's ever mentioned specific situations that cause it (especially considering that he's not having sexual attractions at this age) but it's common for kids of his age to get random erections and to comment on it.

post #4 of 28
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He mentioned it to my husband at dinner, and he told him,"oh thats normal it's what your penis is supposed to do, its called an erection." that was the end of the conversation, my son got distracted by the avocados I was cutting up.  Although his dad didn't catch the part about boys that look like girls.  Its been bothering me since it happened, way more than it should.  but it is way to early for it to really be in response to anything, right?  He mentioned it to my husband because when he brought it up after we had gotten home I told him to ask his dad because I didn't really know that much about penises.  I'm sure I just need to drop it.   

post #5 of 28

Not that it really matters for how you go forth with things, but I'm curious if 5 year olds can accurately identify sex as readily as adults? Like I know a 3 year old will say someone is a girl because they have long hair, or a man because they're wearing a uniform (even if the uniform has a skirt!).

post #6 of 28

Unless you make a big deal of it, I think it'll just pass. I think it's likely that one time he noticed it when he happened to be with a male friend that he thinks is girl-ish for whatever reason. Or maybe he heard someone talking about boys who look like girls and he's testing out what power that particular phrase has. 

 

Oh, and also, what Sapphire Chan said. My daughter loudly called a male friend with a huge beard "Girl Man" because he was wearing a Sarong. Thankfully he was a friend, and he thought it was hysterical. I remember my brother calling his 1st grade teacher Mr. at the beginning of the year. Woman wearing a dress, very feminine earrings, breasts, female voice.... but she had short hair and he equated that to male in his world view. 

post #7 of 28

honestly, i would take it just that he likes girls... that his penis gets big when he thinks they are girls.

 

unless this starts happening again, i would totally let it go from my mind if i were you.

post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by Wild Lupine View Post

I know some children are aware of their sexual orientation as young as five, but I am not sure how common it is. I think you'd need a little more information than that one comment to conclude he is gay, though! Kids say a lot of stuff.

 

I think it's always a good idea to normalize all sexual orientations by being friends with GBLT people and talking about different relationship combinations. If he is gay, those conversations will go a long way toward helping him feel supported. If he's not, then he'll be better prepared for living in a diverse world.


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Several months ago my son (age 6) and I had an interesting conversation.  He said his teacher mentioned her husband was a police officer, and referred to ‘him’.  My son said he was surprised because he thought his teacher was married to a lady.  (I asked him why he thought that and he said he didnt know why, he just did.)  He then told me he would like to marry a man when he gets older.  I didn’t ask him why, just told him he can marry whomever he wants.  But I sort of wish I w/h asked him why because I am curious what he would say.  I guess we’ll see how it turns out.  (A few years ago he was planning on marrying his sister!)
 

post #9 of 28

My 5 yo has never mentioned anything about his privates, but he does say he wants to marry our dog when he grows up because he loves her so much and he tells her "I love you, wife." So... I think it's a bit early to draw any conclusions from this!

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  He then told me he would like to marry a man when he gets older.  I didn’t ask him why, just told him he can marry whomever he wants.  But I sort of wish I w/h asked him why because I am curious what he would say.  I guess we’ll see how it turns out.  (A few years ago he was planning on marrying his sister!)

 


Oh, I wish you'd asked, cause I suspect the answer would be something like "so I can ride in his fire truck!" lol.gif

 

 

 

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My 5 yo has never mentioned anything about his privates, but he does say he wants to marry our dog when he grows up because he loves her so much and he tells her "I love you, wife." So... I think it's a bit early to draw any conclusions from this!


LOL - Love it! When we were about that age, my (female) cousin and I pledged to get married when we grew up. In our case, it was because we wanted a beautiful wedding dress, but couldn't imagine marrying a yucky boy. ;)

post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by ElliesMomma View Post

honestly, i would take it just that he likes girls... that his penis gets big when he thinks they are girls.

 

unless this starts happening again, i would totally let it go from my mind if i were you.



It sounds more like this to me also....but I wouldn't worry about it either way!

post #13 of 28

I really wouldn't read anything into it. He's 5!

 

Having said that, this is a good reminder that you may need to work through any concerns you might have about your children being gay. Not because your son's comment means anything, but because you never know how things will turn out.

post #14 of 28
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obviously I was totally overreacting.  Thankfully i had the peace of mind to not say anything to him about it.  Reading every ones comments reminded me that he also wants to marry one of his cousins, as both my sister and myself did when we were little..different cousins that is.  I'm glad he feels comfortable enough with us and his body that he could bring it up, even though he is only five.  Lord knows there was never any of that talk in my house growing up!!  Thanks everyone.

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obviously I was totally overreacting.  Thankfully i had the peace of mind to not say anything to him about it.  Reading every ones comments reminded me that he also wants to marry one of his cousins, as both my sister and myself did when we were little..different cousins that is.  I'm glad he feels comfortable enough with us and his body that he could bring it up, even though he is only five.  Lord knows there was never any of that talk in my house growing up!!  Thanks everyone.


Yes, at 5 my dd wanted to marry her brother, her best friend (female), the boy who lives behind us on the block.... I'm not reading too much into any of that!

 

 

post #16 of 28

I agree with the PP that noted you might want to work through your fears regarding how your son will be treated if he is gay, better to do it long before he makes any public delcarations about his sexual orientation.  Children certainly know who they are "attracted to" at five, even if that attraction is not yet developed into sexual attraction.  I certainly knew at that age and my DD shows a strong ongoing preference for marrying one particular childhood friend consistently for the last three years (she's six) regarding said friend as the person she "loves" and "wants to be a family with" and "will be parents wtih."  So there is that. Anecdotal of course. 

post #17 of 28

My friend and I started a "gay" club when we were 6...no boys allowed! LOL  Kids take in so much information and process it in so many different ways that there's really no assuming anything by his comment. 

post #18 of 28

I think it's bound to happen to all of us that our child will say something that just throws us, not only because of the content of what was said, but because of what it reveals to us about ourselves. Don't beat yourself up for having a knee jerk reaction to something and needing some time to sort out your feelings about it.

 

You did well. Your husband did well. (I admire his matter of fact response to that statement. I would not have been able to be that casual about it.) It's OK to be thrown by a parenting situation and pass the buck sometimes.


Edited by AbbieB - 1/10/11 at 5:14pm
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by Qestia View Post

My 5 yo has never mentioned anything about his privates, but he does say he wants to marry our dog when he grows up because he loves her so much and he tells her "I love you, wife." So... I think it's a bit early to draw any conclusions from this!



SO adorable!

post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by Snowflake777 View Post
Having said that, this is a good reminder that you may need to work through any concerns you might have about your children being gay. Not because your son's comment means anything, but because you never know how things will turn out.

 

OP even though you dodged the bullet i think snowflakes advice is very sound. 

 

I have been very active in LGBT community because of a couple of my friends. I am not gay but I have seen how much it tears up my friends not to have support from their family. after one of my friend's committed suicide i became a part of LGBT to talk to parents or siblings who have a hard time accepting - unfortunately mostly its been religious reasons. 

 

and never underestimate any children and dont blow off what they say. it could be nothing, but it could be something. i know quite a few children who knew their sexuality at 6 and announced it loud and clear - whether hetero or gay. 

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