What does kinky mean?

There are some questions that all parents dread answering. I didn’t expect one of those questions to be “What does kinky mean?” though.

True to form, parenting threw up an odd one this weekend when my 9-year-old son wondered aloud what kinky meant.

My mind raced. Where on earth had he heard that word? What did he think it meant? Had he any idea that there is a scale of kinkiness in life?

Thankfully years of parenting have prepared me for things like this and so I did what all well-versed parents do, I did nothing.

At least for a couple of seconds.

Trust me, those two seconds can make a world of difference. When your toddler falls over, wait a couple of seconds and in all likelihood they will be more likely to pick themselves up and carry on. Don’t wait those two seconds and they’ll be throwing themselves on the floor every time they want your attention!

Now I consider myself to be a fairly open parent.  I like to think that my kids can come to me with any kind of problem or query and I will answer them as honestly as I can do.  Or at least as openly as I feel meets their age.  I remember when I was young that sometimes getting an answer from an adult was akin to getting blood from a stone.  I don’t want my four kids to feel that way.

As I braced myself to answer, the brief silence was broken.

DannyUK with his son - Taken from the DannyUK.com article What does kinky mean

Chance and I posing for a selfie.

“I just don’t know what it means,” Chance continued after his original question was widely ignored. “I know it has something to do with hair, but I don’t know what?”

And that’s when his sisters - who had been straightening their hair - explained that they were doing so to get rid of the kinks in the hair.

Phew! Bullet dodged!

by DannyUK

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