Tuesday, September 26, 2006
CRIMEFIGHTERS AND EXHIBITIONISM
Can anyone else relate to this? When he was a toddler, Evan always enjoyed, after his bath but before he was dressed, hooking a hooded towel over his head and then running through our house as Superman. It was cute and we figured it wasn't too shocking to people who might be looking in our windows. Not that we necessarily have a lot of people looking in our windows but you never know, because they'd be outside and we'd be inside and we wouldn't be able to see them.

Then, when he got a year or two older, Evan went through a Captain Underpants stage. He would strip down to his underwear and jump off of the furniture and all kinds of stuff, fighting crime. Not that we necessarily have a lot of crime going on in our house but you never know. A super crime fighter could come in handy and perhaps he would have a future on that "Be The Next Superhero" reality series.

However, Evan's eight now and we still seem to be having an issue with this and I still wonder if people are looking in our windows. If I tell him it's time to go take a bath, he will very likely strip down right then and there, wherever he is in the house. I just hope no one ever yells "Bath time" at school for some reason. But, of course, if they did, I may have a whole different set of worries to deal with.

Anyway, has childhood innocence turned into an unhealthy tendency toward exhibitionism? Should I be writing to Dear Abby about this?

  posted at 9:44 AM  
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2 Comments:
At 3:46 PM, Blogger HeyJules said...

Yes, you should. This is wrong, wrong, wrong.

One shouldn't run around naked in their own home until they are adults. Then the neighbors have soemthing truly inspiring to look at. :-)

(Have a talk with him about getting older (blah, blah, blah) and then let him have his fun for awhile longer - as long as he knows not to do it when company comes over!)

 
At 7:57 AM, Blogger Todd R. said...

Having had my own traumatic experiences in Jr. high locker rooms after gym class, I have tried to encourage my kids to be comfortable with their nudidity as possible. I keep telling them, "it's no big deal. Try and be as laid-back as possible when your naked." I'm hoping that the less uptight they are when they are all naked as the day they were born, the more confidence and relaxed they will be when they have to be naked in front of others (the locker room, the doctor, their spouse).

The other option is when Lisa yells, "Bathtime!" see if you can get naked where you are faster than he can. Then sit back and enjoy years and years of Evan's therapy bills. That should cure him!

 

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