I know it probably sounds like a completely stupid thing to do and sounds like something you would do for attention but it's something I've been thinking about for quite a while now.
For me, ABDL isn't a sexual thing and I know it's wrong to say that ABDL is a coping mechanism because it isn't just something that you use to cope with everyday situations but for me, my ABDL personality does help me get through daily struggles and I think it also helps to keep my mind at a safe place. When I go in to "little mode," I feel like I've just jumped off the planet and went somewhere that nobody else is allowed to go, I can do anything I want (within reason) and more importantly to me, I don't need to worry about my bad balance problems and bowel problems because "1 year old" can't control that stuff so it doesn't become a problem.
The reason I want to tell my parents, other than because I still live with them is because of my medical problems. I have been wearing, mainly at night because of my bowel problems but there has been times where I've wore without any problems and I have been found out (that has happened because mum has thrown stuff in the bin outside after I've thrown away used nappies) and then mum gets worried that I'm not coping with my problems and they are getting me upset and things become awkward for a while.
The last thing I want is for my family to think that my problems are becoming unbearable and that I'd rather hide in my room than talk to them about what is going on. I was offered an Ileostomy operation at the end of last year and I have an appointment this month with the surgeon to discus my decision and move forward from there which is another reason I want to "come out" to my parents. Note: I haven't been put in this position as a result of playing up my problems. My doctor said that with my colon not moving, this is the only option left.
I think the hardest part of telling my parents about it will be the worry that they think I've been pretending my problems are worse than they are. I still haven't decided how I'm going to tell anyone or even bring up the conversation but hopefully I'll find a way soon.