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oh no...our kids walked in while we were making whoopie !!

Posted by on Jul. 15, 2011 at 4:48 PM
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t's happened to one in three REDBOOK readers: Your wide-eyed child is an accidental witness to some real live parent porn. Scarred for life? Nah.

By Lauren Bradshaw


Little girl covering her eyes // "Ack, our kids walked in on us!"(Corbis)

It's not your children you necessarily need to worry about when they stumble upon you, naked in action. You're the one who's likely most traumatized! "Your kids will be fine," says Amy Levine, a certified sexuality educator in New York City. "In fact, it's healthy for children to know their parents are in love." So if the walk-in happens to you, just put on your big-girl pants (or any pants, really) and feel free to talk straight with your child: "Generally, all they need are basic answers in terms they can relate to," Levine says. "Some young children may be satisfied if you explain it by saying, 'Mommies and daddies show their love by kissing and lying close to each other.' Some older children may be ready for more details." But for now, just sit back, read and laugh: These women's stories will certainly make you feel better about your own coitus interruptus-es - or at the very least, remind you to lock your door tonight!

"We thought we got lucky one night when our two kids went to bed early, but 10 minutes later, while we were 'celebrating,' our 5-year-old daughter burst through the door, scared about an owl hooting outside her window. (For the record, it was an actual owl - not us.) My husband jumped up and ran to the bathroom in embarrassment, and I told her we were having a tickle fight. 'Why are you having a tickle fight without your jammies on?' she asked. I replied, 'Because it tickles more without our jammies!'" - DAWN CULLO, 38, RANCHO CORDOVA, CA

"My husband and I were on vacation in Palm Springs with our two sons, then 8 and 10. After a few glasses of wine one night, we popped the kids in front of a movie, shut the door to our adjoining room, and started fooling around. The sex was so good - vacation sex always is - and we were really going for it. Well, apparently, my younger son walked in - we didn't notice - and then ran back to tell his brother, who came in next to check it out. It must have been a pretty shocking scene: It was hot, so we were outside of the covers, fully exposed. I got dressed and walked into their room, where they were giggling and pretending to watch TV. Finally, my older son said, 'I'll never get that image out of my head.' I was so mortified! I told them that I knew we were all embarrassed, and after a few minutes we were able to laugh it off. Now our boys are 20 and 22 years old, and they tease us about it to this day. I jokingly tell them, 'Well, at least you saw your mom and dad at our best!'" - LORI BERGER, 49, LOS ANGELES

"My husband and I got caught twice in the same day! We were having a very flirty Saturday, so when our 4-year-old daughter glued herself in front of Blue's Clues,we ran up to our bedroom for some adults-only action. We didn't have a bedroom door at the time (it's a long renovation story), and a few minutes later I saw her peeking in at us. Thankfully we were covered with blankets, and we just stopped and sent her back downstairs. A couple hours later she went down for a nap, so we ran up to our room to finish what we had begun earlier. Right when things were starting to get good, I heard from the doorway, 'Mommy, I'm awake.' That was it - I told my husband that he wasn't getting any until we had a door. He hung one that night!" - ANNIE AMSDEN, 32, VERNON, CT

"When my daughter was 3 years old, she walked into our bedroom and asked, 'Mommy, are there wild animals in here? I can hear them!' We told her, 'No, honey, you must have been dreaming.' I don't think she saw anything, because it was the middle of the night and our lights were turned off, but it still makes me and my husband laugh to this day." - DAFNA MICHAELSON, 38, DENVER

"When my 11-year-old daughter walked in on us, we had already had discussions about the birds and the bees, so she definitely knew the basics of sex. But nothing could have prepared her - or us! - for this: She caught me with my mouth full, so to speak. I knew it grossed her out, but I felt that I owed her the truth about what I was doing, so I sat her down and told her what oral sex was. It was so awkward, but I'd rather have her hear it from me than from one of her friends!" - CINDY FELDMAN, 37, TULSA, OK

"My son - who was 2 and a half at the time - was supposed to be napping when he walked in on me and my husband. He took one look at my husband and said, 'Dada, why are you nakey nakey?' We had a group of friends over to our house later that day, and our son decided to tell all of them, 'Dada was nakey with Momma this morning.' Everyone was laughing about it all day." - CARMEN GARCIA-BEAULIEU, 38, ORLANDO, FL

"A few years ago, when my oldest daughter was 15, I woke up one morning to find three text messages from her. At 11:44 p.m.: 'You've officially scarred me for life.' Then, at 11:48 p.m.: 'I could hear you and dad all the way in my room... . That's NOT something I want to wake up to.' Then, at 11:58 p.m.: 'Turn a radio on or something next time.' Talk about horrifying. Sorry, honey!" - JULIE HOFFMAN, 37, TRACY, CA

"My husband and I were in the middle of some Sunday morning lovin' when I got this weird feeling someone was looking at me. I glanced over to my left, and standing right next to the bed, at eye level, was my then-3-year-old son! I stayed calm and asked, 'Whatcha doing?' to which he replied, 'Just watching. When you're finished, can you get me a glass of water?' We all needed a drink after that!" - DANA PELLETIER, 52, ST. CHARLES, MO

Mommy and daddy were just...
The first excuse that comes to mind when a kid walks in on you isn't always the most logical. Here's what has flown out of readers' mouths.

"Daddy had an itch, so mommy is scratching it." "Oops! Our clothes fell off!""Daddy's just cracking mommy's back.""We were cold because we were naked, and we are hugging to warm up.""We were playing horsey.""Daddy was doing push-ups on top of mommy." "It's family wrestling time. Go get your brothers!"

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by on Jul. 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM

The texting and glass of water ones are hilarious. However, the oral one is not. Why wouldn't you take extra precautions before doing that one? I wouldn't mind accidently seeing my parents having sex, but oral seems so much more personal and "dirty" (not saying it is, just to view others doing it).

by on Jul. 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM

My daughter saw us once. she'd been in bed for hours and came in and asked why we were exercising.

by on Jul. 15, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Thankfully we have never been caught.  We are very careful about locking the bedroom door.

by on Jul. 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM
We have been caught by DD who's 4. We thought the door was locked. And we have been heard (not moans but the bed hitting the wall a couple times) by DS and SS but they didn't know what the sound was.
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by on Jul. 15, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Thankfully our bedroom door locks although we have done it in other parts of the house and so far so good
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by on Jul. 15, 2011 at 11:54 PM

We almost got caught !!

by on Jul. 16, 2011 at 6:55 AM
We lock our door!
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by on Jul. 16, 2011 at 8:49 AM

We always lock our! 

by on Jul. 17, 2011 at 2:19 AM

Catching the parents in the act is a right of passage. Something to laugh about when they have little ones doing the peeking.

by on Jul. 18, 2011 at 10:42 AM

We have not had that issue. Yet.

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