Why are your breasts so small?

I am sure the title of the post has raised many eyebrows. Actually, this is the question Dear Son asked me today. Dear Son is four years old. As his Dear Dad, I was not sure what to answer. I am sure all parents have some strategies in answering children’s questions that are difficult to address.

The first possible answer

When Dear Son asked me the question, too many strategic answers flashed through my mind within a blink of an eye. The first one is, “Boys have small breasts and girls have large breasts.” Complications of this answer also popped up immediately. What if Dear Son goes to his pre-school tomorrow and starts telling his teacher, “Boys have smaller breasts and girls have larger breasts”, assuming that his teacher might not be aware of this important piece of information. This might be an information that our neighbors might be missing as well. Dear Son might consider it his responsibility to teach everyone such an essential finding.

The second possible answer

The second answer that I though of was a little bit based on how I can take the opportunity to encourage Dear Son to eat more vegetables. πŸ™‚ The answer I thought of was, “I did not eat much vegetables when I was little and that did not allow me to grow my breasts any larger than what I have now.” My brain short-circuited by a few possible consequences. What if Dear Son eats vegetables and keeps expecting that his breasts will grow. Or, what if Dear Son says that he does not want big breasts and he stops eating whatever amount of vegetables he consumes now. The third consequence again relates to his responsibility to teach everyone how to grow breasts.

A third possible answer

The third answer I thought of is, “Moms have large breasts and dads have small breasts.” While this is a fact but it will raise more confusions. Fatherhood does not necessarily lead to smaller breasts. Everyone with breasts is not necessarily a mother either.

The answer given

After a few embarrassing moments, I looked at Dear Wife with a help-seeking face. She helped me out — “When girls grow up their breasts also grow. Breasts of boys do not grow as much.” Dear Son just said, “Oh” and started to play with his puzzles. It appeared, he did not care much about the answer.

Concluding remarks: What is your experience regarding children’s questions that are hard to answer? Do you have any suggestion on “yet to come” harder questions?

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22 thoughts on “Why are your breasts so small?

  1. A simple and truthful answer has not grow in to another question i guess.. at least just for kids
    1. Agreed! A simple and truthful answer is the best. Luckily this time Dear Son did not throw his repeated “why”s. Thank you for visiting and commenting! Have a wonderful day.
  2. My niece’s teacher once told my sister, “If you don’t believe what she tells you about what goes on in class, I won’t believe what she says about what goes on at home.” Of course this was said with tongue-in-cheek, but it gets the point across. The biggest issue I encountered was when my son asked about how people have children. I told him they grow up, go to college, get married and then have a baby. He was fine with this until, in first grade, a classmate’s 16 year-old sister had a baby. She straightened him out, and then he came home to tell me I was mistaken. Naturally, that led to a more detailed, but still g-rated, conversation.
    1. Haha πŸ˜‚ these are really funny stories. We are getting ready for the question — how people have babies. Your answer is cool—they grow up, go to college, get married and then have a baby. I will remember this as an answer. Hopefully, Dear Son will not find a counter example. Thanks a lot for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  3. there are even more questions on the horizon, answer from the heart and let science be the guide for you…. I teach 8th grade and have noticed we all begin with questions and at some point the questions change to ‘what do I have to know?’ ‘what do I have to do?’ and sadly, ‘will it be on the test?’ …… celebrate the inquiry and hopefully it will lead to a life of inquiry…. and wonder. Peace
    1. Thank you for the heads up. We will try to be ready over time. Sadly, questions like “will it be on the test”, is common even when kids grow up and go to college. I remember many of my classmates asking that question many times in every class. Thanks a lot for visiting our blog and writing a valuable comment.
  4. This was such a refreshing and fun read, to hear it from a dad’s perapective of the fun challenges of raising kids! Kids do have awkward outright cringe worthy questions that catch us off guard. And true, they really don’t care much about the answer or details since their attention span is usually in seconds!
    1. I am glad to hear that you liked the post. I agree that a kid’s attention span is short. Sometimes, Dear Son keeps asking why, why, why. After I answer, his response is just, “oh”, as if he does not have any interest on that matter. πŸ™‚

      I appreciate your visit and comments. Have a wonderful Thursday!

  5. At some point dear son may ask why men have breasts. That question may be easier to answer as it seems to have something to do with aging.
    1. Or, it may be hard to answer because by that time Dear Son might be asking too many follow up questions. πŸ™‚ Thank you for commenting. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
  6. Once a pupil remarked: Sir, you got boobies, you need to wear a bra.
    Everybody started to laugh, me included.

    I was overweighed and indeed it looked like small breasts.

    In the meantime I lost some weight …..

    Kind regards,

    1. Haha… that is hilarious, I mean, the student’s remark part. I love this simplicity about kids — they say whatever they feel without filtering and it is cute up to some point. I appreciate your visit and comment. Have a wonderful Friday followed by a great weekend.
  7. Hillarious πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚post I do understand being father it is difficult to answer the questions of your kids
    1. Yes, sometimes it is hard to answer such questions! Hopefully I will become better at it over time. πŸ™‚ Thank you for visiting and commenting.
  8. The little ones sure do ask interesting questions. They are so honest and direct! We should never lose that honestly in life.
  9. Best answer is a straightforward one 😊 I am looking forward for all the why’s of my own little one, unfortunately she was taken from us 😒
    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting. I am so sorry to know about your loss while I was reading your blog. I do not have words that can comfort a grieving mom. I admire your courage and strength. Your visit and comment are much appreciated.

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