Well, we can’t. In an era of openness and transparency, we can no longer expect to waltz back into OUR OWN HOMES with brand new breasts without giving a detailed account of where they came from to a 6-year-old.
Sharing Is Caring
To small-ish children, having surgery means that something is really, really wrong, and telling them that’s your plan might scare them and cause them unnecessary anxiety. We don’t pretend to be child psychologists or family counsellors (nor do we know your personal child-rearing philosophy), so we don’t know the absolute best, most foolproof way to explain breast augmentation to your children. However, if you just want to explain away your temporary incapacity and sudden enhanced cup size, here are a few ideas:
- “Mommy has a doctor’s appointment. She’ll be back in a few hours, but she’ll be pretty tired when she gets home, so dad/grandma/your aunt/etc. will be here.” (Breast augmentation generally can be done on an outpatient basis.)
- “Mommy’s doctor said to rest for a while. So, she won’t be joining you at CrossFit Kids for a few weeks.”
- “Huh! You’re right—they ARE bigger! Looks like we need to go shopping!”
Children who are very near or at adolescence should be told before the procedure because, let’s face it, there’s no way they’re not going to know. If you try to keep it to yourself, there’s a chance that their powerfully hormonal, adolescent brains will tell them to feel intensely betrayed and disrespected. Just like every other word out of your mouth makes your teen feel.