My wonderful DS (aged just 3) has recently discovered his lifelong 'friend' in earnest
Although he's been aware of his willy (known as winky in our house) in the past, it is only very recently that 'he' has been so exposed and openly talked about and played with . We have been greeted with such wonderful phrases as [an occassion when winky was excited for one of the first times] 'Mummy, it feels wrong I think it's broken, can Daddy buy me a new one when he comes home?'. We now no longer believe it is broken bless but are very aware that at certain times it feels very nice when touched!
DH tells me (with insider knowledge) that if I pay attention to it and tell him to leave it alone he will play with it all the more, on the otherhand he says if I ignore it he'll play with it all the more!
Having only had nieces to contend with, this is all new to me, and I just wanted advice from the great MN public as to the correct etiquette in dealing with these situations so that in future years I don't have a DS visiting a shrink because of what his inept mother said to him when he was little
my older ds now 11 has never really bothered, well not in public!, but ds2 aged 4 seems to delight in getting his out at every avaliable oppurtunity and fiddling with it! i have taken to telling him that a bird will think its a wiggly worm and come and peck it off!, seriously though, i just tell him, that its not something you do in public and it seems to be working, if he does it in the house, i ignore him.
For the moment we seem to be lucky in that it has not been a public event yet...although he did delight in asking the lady at the checkout in Morrissons yesterday if she has a 'winky and balls?'. When the response was a rather shocked 'no', he then started on his other great passion...a series of WHY questions
ds plays with his so intensely it makes my eyes water just seeing it. the things he does to that poor little thing, it's a miracle he still has one. i hate it. i tell him to stop but then he just smiles and abuses it even more!
ROFL - I had a friend who's little boy put the end of his on the sofa, put his hand on it to hold it in place then stepped backwards as far as he could go...when asked what he was doing he replied 'seeing how long it will get, xxx said it can grow!'