My Kid Found My Vibrator In My Bathroom Drawer — What I Told Her May Shock You

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My Kid Found My Vibrator In My Bathroom Drawer — And I Told Her The Truth About Sex Toys
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This is a true story, folks.

And this is how it all started ...

I’m in the bathroom one morning brushing my teeth. In walks my then eight-year-old, Marcia. She's bored because she’s already ready for school and she’s looking for something to pass the time. She absentmindedly opens a drawer where the hairbrushes are ... and sees my bullet vibrator.

(FYI, I always clean my toys and I just hadn’t had a chance yet to put this one away, where it belonged.)  

It’s red and shiny and looks really cool so she picks it up and says, “Mom, what’s this?”

Me (through a mouthful of toothpaste):  “It’s nothing. Put it away.”

Her (fiddling with it in her hands): “No. What is it?!”

Now, this is the moment I’d been waiting for as a parent who was also a student of sexology at the time, so I spit out my toothpaste and continue.

Me (big sigh):  “It’s a vibrator.”

 

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Her (not missing a beat): “What’s it for?”    

By this time she now has figured out how to turn it ON ...

Me: “It’s for your private parts.”

And now not only does she have it ON, but she is running the little bullet along her nose, over her eyebrows, and along her forehead, accompanied by a little “d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d” noise from the bullet as it goes.  

Her: “It tickles.”

Me: “Imagine what it feels like on your private parts.”

She neatly turns it off, puts it back in the drawer, closes the drawer, and walks out of the bathroom.

I have to laugh at that whole interaction. It was brief. It was accurate.

I could have made up some story about what it was but, I look at it this way: Kids figure out at a very early age that adults are full of s*it. When a parent says “don’t run or you’ll fall!” and the kid runs anyway and doesn’t fall, there’s a little message they get from that.  

Add to that the numerous times a parent makes up stories and the kid figures out it was a lie.  

I once read the more warnings you give a kid that don’t turn out to be true, the more likely your kid is to ignore your advice because you obviously don’t know what you are talking about.  

See? Parents can be seen as lousy sources. I'd rather be truthful and trusted.

The real secret message here is simple — find discrete storage.

Some dads — yes, dads, not any moms yet — I’ve told this story to get sort of uppity about my telling her the truth. They ask me things like, “Aren’t you afraid of her going off and trying to find it again and use it on herself?”  

 

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No, not really. She showed me her lack of interest when she turned it off and put it away.  

(I did put it away where it belonged after that.) 

I'm also certain she got a very clear message from me that I was going to tell her the truth whether it was embarrassing or not. I think this set a really great precedent for our level of communication ... stay tuned.

In the meantime, remember that kids get into places you’d prefer they not get into ALL the time.

If you're worried that your kids might find sex toys at home, as I see it you have two options:

1. You can hide things in plain sight and explain what the toys are if questioned (see my link above), and remember, you don’t need to tell them HOW to use it. Or ...

2. You can tuck them away in locked or hidden storage areas.

Your pick.

 

Dr. Lanae St.John, ACS is a San Francisco Bay Area Board Certified Sexologist, Parenting & Relationship Coach, and Sex Educator who teaches Human Sexuality to college students at City College of San Francisco, writes a blog as “The MamaSutra” and has recently completed a manuscript for a parenting book about human sexuality. She is also the proud mother of two daughters with whom she actively embodies her message of empowerment, freedom of expression, and a sex and body-positive mentality.

 

 

This article was originally published at The MamaSutra. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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