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Backwards Undies

Part of Noah’s increased independence is putting on his own clothes, no matter how inconvenient it is for Dad to wait for him. Underwear, pants, shirts, socks, shoes, jacket. He doesn’t want help with any of it.

The toughest thing for him is to always get things frontwards or right-side-out. He has a tough time pulling his sleeves back through if they’ve been yanked out of his shirt or jacket the wrong way. He has a hard time figuring out which shoes go on which feet (though he’s finally starting to master that one). His pants sometimes come up backwards, leaving him frustrated as he tries to figure out why there is no zipper or snap in the front.

And, the thing he seems to struggle with the most, and coincidentally which he gets most discouraged about, is pulling up his undies the right way. If time zones are my Kryptonite, underwear are Noah’s.

And, when he’s feeling extra frustrated at having to take them off, turn them around, and pull them on the correct way again, I always look at him and honestly say, “Noah, it’s all right. Sometimes Dad puts his underwear on backwards too.”

In fact, Dad puts his underwear on backwards at least 20-30% of the time. After drying off, I grab a clean pair, pull ‘em up, and notice that they feel uncomfortably tight in the front and loose in the back. Without fail, I always get frustrated and want to curse when I discover my mess-up. I mean, taking off a pair of undies, turning them around, and pulling them back on is a pain in the keester. No pun intended.

It’s for this reason that I sympathize with Noah when he also gets frustrated over it. In reality, I’m actually very encouraged by the fact that he is near to my same success rate for putting them on correctly. At this rate he’ll leave me in the backwards undies dust in no time.

Underwear… they’re just tricky.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. Anybody else have issues putting clothing on the right way? What is your Kryptonite?

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68 comments
JesterJAG
JesterJAG

My husband frequently goes to work with his shirt on inside out (and sometimes Backwards Too).  He almost NEVER notices (and no one EVER tells him) until he comes home and goes to change.  Then I always hear the same thing "I really need to stop getting dressed in the dark" LMAO

modernmom23
modernmom23

Pull over pajamas.  60% success rate.  My 8 year old son also had issues with getting his underwear on right at least 30% of the time. 

MomOf3PA
MomOf3PA

My 3 yo DD currently has her pants on backwards lol.

pugswin
pugswin

My son, 4, loves to wear his underwear backwards.  All the good pictures are on the back.  Spiderman, Lightning McQueen, Power Rangers.. its a shame he can't see his butt when he gets dressed.  I've started buying solid or repeating patterns, but he still loves his spiderman backwards underwear.

modernmom23
modernmom23

Mt little girl is 5 and she STILL hates having her hair styled.  It's long and thick and blonde, but she hates washing it and hates having mom or dad comb it.  God forbid we try something like pigtails.  Then it sounds like we are murdering a pig.

miss_mallory
miss_mallory

My Noah is almost eight, and STILL does backwards underoos on purpose. When he was about three, he told me: "MOM. WHY would they put the picture on the back where I can't see it?? Does THAT make sense to ANYONE??" And I didn't argue him once after that.

 

My mother gets on his case about backwards shoes. The more she complains, the more he does it.

Me: Did you know your shoes are backwards?

Noah: Yep.

Well all right then. I get wanting to make grandma crazy, so I just started buying his shoes a little bigger.

...boys are great. :D

MelanieElison
MelanieElison

Hahaha- Love this! My boy is always putting his underwear on backwards, except he does it on purpose so he can see the cool pictures!

Katie Jessop
Katie Jessop

@Jen, don't worry. My daughter frequently puts her shoes on the wrong feet. I can't figure out HOW it doesn't hurt to walk like that.

Donna Fairchild
Donna Fairchild

When my girls were little, I marked all their underpants with a red dot on the waistband and taught them, "The red dot goes in back." Precious days. :)

Sean Hart
Sean Hart

"son, see this hole? that's called the fly. It goes in the front cause you fly forward in life not backward, get it?"

Michelle Longley
Michelle Longley

My son say's it doesn't matter if he has them on backwards...this way he can see the cool pictures!!

Mary-Jo Kerish Turner
Mary-Jo Kerish Turner

I had to chuckle while reading this. My daughter does gymnastics, we are at the gym 11 hours a week and when the new "itty-bitties" come in for classes there are a few that some of us moms have to help out. They get the leotard on backwards, some of them are tricky but chances are if it is poofy in the front and looks like a scandelous bathing suit in the back it will need to be turned around.

Kirsten Holt Beitler
Kirsten Holt Beitler

So funny, why don't they do it right? My almost 5 year old still can't get it right!

Korrie Everett Vita
Korrie Everett Vita

my now 9 yr old son still puts his on backwards but he does it on purpose. He doesn't like the "y" front- he claims he ' falls out of it." LOL

Katie Jessop
Katie Jessop

My daughter has this thing where she tends to put her undies on sideways... so she uses the waist 'hole' as a leg hole and vice versa. I think this may attest to how skinny she actually is if she can wear undies with a leg hole around her waist/hips and not be bothered by it. At least the tag WAS in the back!

Vanessa AndEdward
Vanessa AndEdward

I've finally taught my 5 yr old that the tag goes in the back, not the front! Lol

Nicola Murray
Nicola Murray

My son asks me every single morning which way to put his underpants on. At least he's not like me; I once went out wearing odd shoes. T_T

Peter Combs
Peter Combs

Dude, you're not the only one. It usually happens to me in the mornings when I am in a hurry to get out the door and onto the road but I'm not fully awake yet. I think someone posted about the y-front giving away front/back for those who wear boxerbriefs, but that early in the morning I'm good to get one foot in through the the waistband. Doesn't take very long to realize what happened though. Nothing like a little discomfort to snap a guy right into coherency.

Norberto
Norberto

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Katie via SDL's Facebook Page
Katie via SDL's Facebook Page

@Jen, don't worry. My daughter frequently puts her shoes on the wrong feet. I can't figure out HOW it doesn't hurt to walk like that.

Biddy Bytes
Biddy Bytes

Wardrobe malfunction...yes, it hits at all ages of the spectrum. Suggestion:When getting dressed, do a check before some type of natural light, so as to offset the following: Wearing a disparate pair of shoes, as in one's navy blue; the other's black. Both shoes appear same color in unnatural early light of day or in usual closet light. I had this happen any number of times when I was young woman getting ready for my day as teacher. Always thought i was dressed impeccably...only when not-so-subtle kids began pointing out the error of my ways.Today, with undies, however, the manufacturers have FINALLY stamped in the label...no longer those pesky hunks of material as tags. Wow!! Why did that idea take so long in coming????
Come and visit me at www.biddybytes.com...I have mother or grandmother's take on things but I was single parent twice. I salute you SDL............

Quiet One
Quiet One

Shouldn't it be relatively easy for a guy to know which way is forward on their undies-at least those who wear briefs? I'd think the Y-front would be a dead giveaway.

SusanOR
SusanOR

I've taught the kiddo to look for the tag -- it usually helps differentiate front from back, as well as inside out or not.

Chosenfour
Chosenfour

My son has been wearing 'em backwards for years! He does it on purpose because he, "Needs the space". Imagine my reaction when my four year old speech delayed, autistic son finally got those words out! I laughed so hard I cried! And then I decided that he was clearly going to be ok. That kind of humor/confidence goes a long way!

aupairspain
aupairspain

I'm nannying for a family that lets their kids run around in their undies all day (well, it's Spain so it's hot, and they've no air conditioning, so okay), but recently the 3.5 year old boy has decided that he doesn't like clothes at all, ever. I dress him to take him into the city, but he *always* takes everything off. OKay?!

Diana
Diana

Ha! I almost got on a plane for 24 hours+ with my shirt inside-out...and I'm 40! Lots of giggles and finally they let me in on it. Gotta love your inlaws!

Desarae
Desarae

I have to share a similar story about my 7 year old boy. He came home after a full day of school proclaiming that his underwear were WAY to small and they kept "riding up my butt all day!" I knowingly smiled and asked if they were on backwards, to which he quickly checked and confirmed my suspicions. We ALL had a great chuckle about that one. To think he'd been "suffering" all day! ;o)

Cristina
Cristina

Hahah! This made me smile ^_^ My 3 yr old has been potty trained for quite some time. He has always put his own clothes back on, but at first almost always backwards undies and pants. I figure why bother changing them~if he wanted to wear them that way, let him! But the day he looked at me grinning from ear to ear and told me "Momma, a piece a my butt fell outta my undies" I decided to break down and explain the value of the design. Truly I just didn't want to deal with a little boy playing with his business thru the hole in his undies so I never pointed it out before. I simply explain that his "peanut" (dubbed so long ago) needed to breathe and the hole was there for the front so it could. He has gotten them right ever since xD

jacki v
jacki v

I'm in the same boat as Yvette (or was) when my son was a little younger he wanted them backwards so he could see the character that some dumb ass would put on the wrong side (my words his daily look). Now a days he prefers to go comando and not wear them at all. Hopefully it's just a phase like the others:)

Sean via SDL's Facebook Page
Sean via SDL's Facebook Page

"son, see this hole? that's called the fly. It goes in the front cause you fly forward in life not backward, get it?"

Donna via SDL's Facebook Page
Donna via SDL's Facebook Page

When my girls were little, I marked all their underpants with a red dot on the waistband and taught them, "The red dot goes in back." Precious days. :)

Dana D
Dana D

Like many, mine too LIKE to wear their underware backwards so they can see the pictures. Why do they put the picture on the back, except that it is so cute for the parents. Also, I NEVER fight about clothes with the kids (4,6,8 now). I am happy they dress themselves, and as long as they are comfortable with how and what is on, and it is relatively weather appropriate, I just go with it.

Sabrina
Sabrina

My kid out grew any problem like that early. I dont remember when exactly, but by the time she started school for sure. I dont get it, take just a second longer to look down before sticking your feet in to make sure. I understand kids, but not adults.. I suppose I can give you that your were not paying attention because you were in a hurry, the dark, or dealing with kiddos.. Maybe this is why im so anal about how I fold clothes, that way when I pick them up they are already facing the right way. lol

Mary
Mary

I tend to let them wear things they way they wish. If they ask for help I do but I find my kids get more upset if I say it should go a different way. When my little ones dress their feet it bugs me, they have a 50/50 chance of getting it right and they are on the opposite feet 98% of the time.

EvC
EvC

I don't recall these things giving me any trouble. Shoelaces maybe. But the MOST challenging thing I put on is a corset. Lacing yourself into one of those...hah!

Mary-Jo via SDL's Facebook Page
Mary-Jo via SDL's Facebook Page

I had to chuckle while reading this. My daughter does gymnastics, we are at the gym 11 hours a week and when the new "itty-bitties" come in for classes there are a few that some of us moms have to help out. They get the leotard on backwards, some of them are tricky but chances are if it is poofy in the front and looks like a scandelous bathing suit in the back it will need to be turned around.

Andrew
Andrew

Forgetting to zip up my pants.

Jenn
Jenn

OK, all pride aside, I have a devil of a time dressing myself and getting this on frontwards. I've got bras licked, and underwear, too, thankfully, but pajamas are a whole different story. Sometimes neither my husband nor I realize until morning that my flannel pants are on backwards. I just blame it on being more asleep than awake...

Korrie via SDL's Facebook Page
Korrie via SDL's Facebook Page

my now 9 yr old son still puts his on backwards but he does it on purpose. He doesn't like the "y" front- he claims he ' falls out of it." LOL

Gloria
Gloria

my 4yr old daughter does the same thing it's cute. Boys have it a bit easier somewhat, you can tell which side is front but with girls not so much; especially if there are patterns on both sides which makes it somewhat trickier for them.

Yvette
Yvette

My 5-year-old son insists on wearing his underwear backwards so that he can see the characters on the front (since the actual front usually only has a logo). Although I make the argument that he can't see the characters anyway once he has pants on, he says he doesn't care!

Michelle
Michelle

I've put my bras (and even an occasional shirt) on inside out before, not realizing it until I undressed at night....saying to myself, what??? It must have been dark in my room when I was getting dressed, lol!!

Jenn
Jenn

We all have our excuses, don't we? ;)