I tell her that in our society, we have decided that that part of our body is very private, and we don't let anyone see it or touch it. We talk about our private parts, which include her nipples, genitalia, and butt, and how it's important to keep them covered and to ourselves.
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I'm thinking that a discussion of why it's important to you may help her have a greater understanding of it too.
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- It keeps sensitive delicate genitle clean and protected.
- It keeps our clothing cleaner so it last longer.
- In cold whether it provides an extra layer of warmth, and in hot whether it absorbs perspiration.
- It is considered impolite to have our genitles visible in public.
I think I would just tell her it keeps butt germs from getting on the monkey bars and the furniture.
Thank you everyone for your suggestions!
The purpose of underwear:
I also find this a hard subject as DS never wants to wear clothes at all! lol...And whilst he can run around naked in our back garden, he needs to wear clothes when we go out. Its a hard subject because whilst I want him to never be ashamed of his body and always be comfortable with it, its hard to explain to children why they have to wear clothes out in public without implying the body is something to be ashamed of.
Does it bind and she needs larger undies?
Does it itch and she needs a different brand of undies and/or less washing of that area and/or probiotics/other treatment?
Does she like the feel of air around her vulva and maybe a pair of shorts under her dresses would work better than close-fitted underpants?
If there doesn't seem to be an underlying cause then I'd say she gets a choice between undies and pants.