Teens Wearing Diapers
Dear Little Miss,
My 12 year old son has suddenly decided that he is going to wear diapers again. He is just like a big baby and wearing it 24/7 when he does not have to. My son is not handicapped in anyway, he is a normal boy who has never had any problems using the bathroom. What should I do about this?
Dear Frustrated Mommy,
Aaagh! You’ve got to be kidding me. Potty training is already the hardest, and yukkiest part of parenting, and now kids are making us do it all over again??? I’m sorry, that just doesn’t sit right with me. Your son is taking part in a new fad, called “Infantilism,” that is spreading quickly among teens and young adults. Supposedly it is a movement to return to the simpler, more innocent time of their lives. Most often it is seen in males, but females are participating too. It can entail anything from just wearing a diaper to using a bottle and and acting completely like a helpless baby. There is also another side to this trend which is called being a “Diaper Lover”. Diaper Lovers like to wear diapers because of the sensation it gives their genitals and for sexual arousal. While the two trends are completely different they can go hand in hand. So, what are all of us tired parents supposed to do with these overgrown babies? Make them choose. If returning to babyhood sounds so ideal to them then why should we stop them? The trick is to help them remember why they wanted to stop being a baby in the first place. Sit your child down and put it to them this way: “I understand you want to be a baby again, that you like diapers and you want to be helpless and innocently carefree again. I can understand that. Parents often wish that they didn’t have so much stuff to worry about too. So, if you want to be a baby again I will let you. But you can’t have the best of both worlds. If you want to act like a baby you will have to live by baby rules. These are the baby rules: Babies do not talk on the phone, use the computer, play video games, or watch anything on T.V. except baby shows. Babies eat baby food (spinach, apricots, green peas, etc) and they drink formula; and if we go to a restaurant I will bring your baby food with us for you to eat. Babies have to take naps and they don’t ride bikes or skate boards. Babies have to crawl. Babies have to stay in the kiddie pool with a life jacket on, they don’t go to the mall, and they are never given money. Babies don’t talk, or if they do nobody listens to them, and they get talked to in annoying baby talk. SO, if you want to act like a baby that is fine, but I will make you live by these baby rules until you choose to be a big boy again.”
I think after one dinner of pureed potatoes and peas with a nice bottle of nasty formula your son will start to realize that babies may not have it all that good.
I hope this passes quickly for you!