How and when to expain things to a child?

October 10, 2006 at 2:05 pm 1 comment

ok most people I know would know that Owen was born with a severe case of hypospaidies (which is basically a malformation of the penis – it means the hole isn’t at the end but on the underside – his was almost at the base of his penis). Owen had his first op a week b4 he turned one followed by emergency surgery in the early hours of the morning due to complications….he then had another one about 6 months later and then a further one another 6 months or so again. We have always known that he would need more down the track to make it look ‘normal’ so I don’t know why suddenly it would seem a problem! But you see with Owen’s speech and language delays I’ve never really had to explain it to him. Today he is going to see the surgeon and I told him the dr wants to look at his penis and explained that he might need to have another operation on it but he doesn’t understand why – he tells me it works that it isn’t broken….how to explain to a nearly 5yr old that his penis doesn’t look ‘normal’ when he hasn’t worked that out for himself yet?! So I guess we wait and see – chances are that Paddy (surgeon) will say see you in another year…but then he has in the past said ‘how about tuesday?’ (in which case I would have to say please NO wait til next month)!….wait and see…wait and see…

in the mean time I leave you with one last observation….

Three boys under 5yrs old are LOUD!…..wonder if i can pick up some earplugs

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  • 1. tara  |  October 10, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    I have no idea how to explain it to him… but wish you all the best… oh, and of course would say the gentle truth is a good way to go.


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