So we were eating lunch today, and we sit with the kids and eat lunch together. (Yes, I am with my students 8 hours a day without breaks unless I have to pee.) And while I’m with my kids, they freely talk to me, ask questions, and (when no one is paying attention) we goof around with our food.
So today, one of the boys got on the subject of body hair. And he looks at me and asks “Do mommies grow hair under their arms like my daddy?”
And as another teacher is walking by, she responds, “No, girls have clean armpits.”
The child looked up at her confused, as the question was directed at me, and was about to accept the answer.
Well me, being me and not shaving to help a student with body hair issues, raised my arm and showed him my pits. “Girls grow arm hair. Some shave it off though.”
Well wasn’t I the talk of the table. The kids kept asking me to look at their arms and see if they had any hair yet, and others told me they wanted their hair as long as mine some day. Some of those students were girls.
Am I prepared for some asshole parent to come up to me and tell me to stop teaching their kids this stuff? Absolutely. It’s happened before. However, if a child asks me a question, I’m going to answer it as truthfully and appropriately as I can.
Teach your child at a young age the truth. It’ll be easier for them to believe when they’re older and be honest with others.
Kids learn through example. Be a good one.