The following is a word for word account of a conversation I had with my son. Keep in mind he’s three.
Rob: Um…what did you say?
Rob: (Stunned silence)
Hayden: (Pointing to the TV) Dad, I want to show you boobies.
Now you need to know that my son is at an age where he knows a lot of words but at the same time he says a lot of words that are toddler speak. There are been a few times that we were pretty sure he dropped an F bomb but knew he’s never heard the F bomb. Now, we don’t cuss.
We do occasionally drop a substitute curse word like “son of a mustache,” “oh my gosh,” and “crap.” We try to not even use those around the kids. I write all of that so you will understand that when our kids say a word that sounds like an F bomb it is never ever the F bomb. He can’t say the letter s with words yet so words like snuck sound a lot like F bomb. I digress.
Back to the boobies.
The first time he said it I was sure that he was saying another word that just sounded exactly like boobies. But when he said, “Dad, I want to show you boobies” my heart stopped. What the what.
The average boy sees pornography for the first time at the age of 9. I worked with teenagers for years and know that most teens have seen a lot more than their parents know about. I’ve told myself that I will have the talk with my son around the age of 9. I don’t want to but I have to. It’s my responsibility as his dad.
And not 3 for a long time. He turned 3 on March 30th. He’s barely 3. Kids these days.
So right as he said, “Dad, I want to show you boobies” he pointed to the tv and Lucy from Despicable Me 2 said, “Boobies!” I rewound it to find the full context.
Now, we watch this movie a lot. They love it. I’ve seen it at least a half dozen times and have never picked up on this scene. After rewinding the scene I see it in context.
Gru: It’s a restaurant.
Lucy: You never know what kind of booby traps this guy could have set.
Gru: Huh? Come on. There are no booby traps.
Lucy: Ha! Booby! (Pointing to a ringing bell that Gru trips.)
Ah, booby traps.
Thank God for booby traps. I’ll have the talk with my son, but please give me a few more years.
Did your parents have the talk with you? Have you seen Despicable Me 2?