Tuesday, August 28, 2007

the problem with two psych majors under one roof

Overheard while washing dishes last night.

M: Daddy, do you have a pen*is?
J: (pause) Yes baby, I do.
M: Why?
J: Because I am a boy. You and mommy are girls so you don't have a pen*is. You have vagina*s instead.
M: Why?
J: (longer pausing) because we are made differently, boys and girls. (another pause where I can feel the wheels turning from the other room) But you know, some people aren't born in the right bodies. Some boys are born in boys bodies and wish they were girls and some girls are born in girls bodies and wish they were boys. It's called gender identity disorder. I have a friend at work who...
M: Let's play airplane!

56 comments:

Kevin said...

Hilarious!

We just had my niece visit and we were pointing out how my son has a penis and she doesn't. But, when we asked her about it, she said, "I have a penis. A big penis!"

There is nothing like a naked three-year-old girl running around the house screaming that she has a "big penis" when you are actually trying to give her a bath.

Rock the Cradle said...

Oh yes.

How many times do I catch myself giving too much information?

Not enough, apparently. We usually go read a book.

Blog Antagonist said...

ROFL. Yes...the too much information thing seems to be an epidemic of sorts. Husband is much better at practicing K.I.S.S. than I am.

Janet said...

From one psych major to another, I am intimately familiar with the dynamic of me over explaining everything while my husband stands in the background mouthing, "Too much information!"

Whatever. Gender identity disorder is an important issue, isn't it? (wink)

Sober Briquette said...

hahahaha.

But she heard it all and it will come back at another time for our enjoyment.

The Chick said...

Maybe it was T.M.I. but what a cute dad!

Kyla said...

Hilarious.

I've got something for you over at my place.

mamatulip said...

*snort*

I always start rambling when Julia asks me those kinds of questions. Like the time she asked me why my pee was red. I went on and on about womanly things and said stuff like, "You'll understand one day" and "It's what being a woman is all about." Then I realized I sounded like a fucking douche commercial and decided to quit while I was still (relatively) ahead.

mitzh said...

That was funny and really adorable.

QT said...

Too, too funny. I love the repeated "why" phase. Now I know why my parents would always say "Just because"...

Momish said...

Oh please, J and I would get along so well. My husband's eyes roll each time I bring up Darwin or bipolar disorder or onomatopoeia to my two year old. I say start them young, can't hurt!

bgirl said...

LOL....
it was a little more than a year ago that my little dude was fascinated by the difference. anytime he heard the word 'woman' he'd follow it up with "and she has a vahhhgYna." he'd then add in that he has a peeNUSS.

slouching mom said...

This SO reminds me of the time Ben asked about the birds and the bees. At least I thought he did. Turns out he was asking a much simpler question than the long-winder explanation I gave him.

I watched as his eyes grew saucer-like. Quietly, he said, "Mommy, can I be excused?"

slouching mom said...

That's long-winded. Doh.

kristen said...

snort. actually i love that your girl will get the long version, it's always good to know there are options.

Cecilieaux said...

It all goes in there somewhere. there's no such things as TMI. What you don't tell them by the time they're eleven, you might as well forget about telling them.

thailandchani said...

LOL! Oh, that's funny! And I really do respect J's wanting to tell her about transgender.. but, yeah, she's probably not ready for that yet.

(laughing)


Peace,

~Chani
http://thailandgal.blogspot.com

Oh, The Joys said...

Love that. I'm in my office laughing and imagining the scene.

Orangeblossoms said...

Sometimes I do that too-- give too much information to my step-son. Then, I live in abject fear that he will repeat it to his mommy and that she'll be livid that he now understands how babies are made, or that women's breasts needn't be covered but for society's ridiculous morays.

Of course, she's a doctor so she probably doesn't mind the graphic descriptions-- but maybe she wanted to give them herself!?

radical mama said...

My 6-year-old still has a 10 second attention span. If you can get it in fast, don't bother. She knows boys and girls are different but that's as far as her curiousity has gotten her thus far.

Redneck Mommy said...

My kids saw a television report on gender identity disorders and they still harp on me about it to this day, wanting to know all about it.

Send J my way. I could use his help.

I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to this stuff.

Jonathon Morgan said...

I seriously laughed out loud at that. I'm always compelled to explain those often-overlooked variables when discussing the difference between boys and girls...but then I usually chicken out

alejna said...

That was a great story! Hee hee. It's good to know that when M has serious questions, she knows she can get answers. Lots of answers.

Julie (aka calm mama) said...

From my chair as a gestating mama who has no idea how I am going to navigate all of this, I say extra bonus points for an excellent effort.

Thank you for the inspiration!

Lawyer Mama said...

That's too FUNNY! (I was a psych major too so, dude, I completely understand.)

Tabba said...

HAHAHA!!

I can see the whole scene in my head like I was right there.

Her Grace said...

Definitely TMI! I'm guilty of it myself, and my four-year-old is just as adept at changing the subject.

A for effort, though. I can hardly wait for the story when she asks some random stranger if they're a woman in a man's body or just a man ;).

Magpie said...

Whoa! That is really funny.

Pgoodness said...

Ah, the ever-famous giving of too much information - I know it well!! And also, the realization mid-stream that they don't know what something is, so a new explanation begins...for example:

We were driving past a capital bldg and I pointed it out, saying that was where gov't did it's 'work' and realized Matt didn't know what the heck the gov't was...I started to explain, he stared blankly and I said - Hey! Look at that pretty building! LOL.

I'm trying to learn to wait for additional questions before explaining...will learn from you guys to wait for the transgender discussion!! :-)

painted maypole said...

that is really funny. wow. Maybe L could explain some of that to me, too. ;)

Ally said...

Oh my goodness, this is funny. You must have been cracking up, listening from the other room. I'm laughing out loud over here.

nomotherearth said...

Ha! That made me think of the book that I'm reading - Middlesex. I am no psych major, but I often find myself giving more explanation than a 2.5 year old really needs.

liv said...

This ranks up there with me explaining to my son why 'Mommy needs bandages each month'.... Yaaahhhh!!!

I'm just no good at this. I come from a long line of exceedingly Puritanical people. I'm getting better, but I think J is closer to where I'd like to be!

FENICLE said...

LOL! Why does this sound like a familiar conversation I've heard in our house????

carrie said...

Gah!!! Keep it simple J!

This is so funny though, really.

I can relate too - I just had to explain to the boys how a woman knows she's pregnant (they thought you put blood on a stick).

deb said...

Too funny.

Jocelyn said...

I dig J. Too bad she lost focus before he got to tell her how those people can then have their penises cut off/morphed into vaginas...

Terrific vignette.

flutter said...

yay airplane!! she's funny...

Deezee said...

way, way too funny!

Anjali said...

That reminds me of that AM-EX commercial...

Psychologist-parent explaining gender identity to a toddler?

PRICELESS!

Christine said...

i walked out of the shower the other day and my son said this:

"put a shirt on! where's your penis?"

Jennifer said...

Just hilarious!

I am constantly checking myself to make sure I'm not overexplaining...everythng. Hee.

jennifer said...

Awesome. Just awesome.

NotSoSage said...

Oh, this conversation totally happens all the time at our house. Insert, "some people have only one parent, or they have two mamas and two daddies...or two mamas and a daddy or or or or..." It's a confusing thing, being het and in a traditional male-female relationship and yet trying to teach diversity...

Let's play airplane!

blooming desertpea said...

LOL - so good kids have filters!

And I always have to smile how it looks like they're a telling you that you're being an idiot in that subtle way ...

KC said...

Holy. Cow. That's when I'd butt in and say "YO JP. IXNAY."

Just like I do whenever he brings up the topics of monsters, the boogey man and gluttony.

crazymumma said...

J. You freaking rock for the effort.

The beauty of it is...she will totally get it sooner than you think.

You should hear some of the conversations 'round my place.

urban-urchin said...

that's hilarious! my son saw his dad in the shower the other day pointed at his wang (yeah I'm five and can't bring myself to type the names for genitals- deal) and said brightly "hot dog!"

meno said...

heh. It's just great that she will grow up thinking "no bog deal" about things like this.

Joker The Lurcher said...

when my son was younger he had a duck called mandy who turned out as she grew up to be a drake. rather than change her name to mandrake we just kept calling her she rather than he and one day my son said 'i think mandy has gender dysmorphia...'

Lisa said...

So funny.
I often do the same thing with the kids when they ask too many whys.

Little Monkies said...

M could come and live at our house, she'd feel *right* at home!

PunditMom said...

!!!! I have learned too many times the sad effects of sharing too much information too soon! ;)

Carrie said...

I also have that kind of situation every time, and I'm afraid that I'll give too much information.

Susanne said...

Lovely. We always feel that too much information isn't really an issue because our son is quite apt at tuning out. We just through a gazillion bits of information at him, some sticks and some doesn't.

We try to teach him not to interrupt us in mid-sentence though. An art he has yet to master. (Well, so do I...)

krista said...

Ah, this would so totally happen in my home too. So funny.