I recently started following another blog “Laptop on the Ironing Board” after stumbling across the this post. It made my laugh so hard, not only because it is a funny post in it’s own right, but because we have been going through something not too dissimilar in my own house.
You see, my eldest daughter has developed a bizarre aversion to wearing pants! (That’s underwear for my American friends) I first noticed this odd behaviour when she (finally) mastered potty-training. We’d be accident free for a while and would quite happily take herself off to the bathroom when she needed to go to the toilet. Then, out of the blue one day, she came downstairs and I realised she wasn’t wearing her pants. I asked her if she’d had an accident – she said nope. I went upstairs and found the offending undergarments – completely dry – on the bathroom floor.
This happened a few times over the next couple of days until I decided to get to the bottom of what was the matter. The exchange went something like this:
Me: Why do you keep taking your pants off? Are they uncomfortable?
Me: Well, you know little girls really should wear panties… (Play the “Peers” card)
F: Princesses don’t wear pants. (She loves Disney Princesses)
Me: Yes, I’m pretty sure princesses do wear pants
F: Well, you can’t see them. (She has a point)
Me: No, but that’s because they are hidden under their dresses. (Princesses aren’t known for flashing their pants – something else we need to work on in our house)
I thought this was the end of it. I didn’t notice anymore pant-free incidents. Then, one night, we headed out for a birthday meal to a local pub with my parents, sisters and Nanna. I take Freya to the toilet and discover, to my horror, that when I asked her to get dressed, she put her tights on but decided not to bother with the pants! Trying not to panic, I ask her not to let anyone else know (or fling her legs around) as people might think it’s a little strange that she’s going commando at 3 years old.
We get back to the table and she announced to anyone within earshot : “Nanna, I’m not supposed to tell you I’m not wearing panties”