Let's Talk About Sex, Baby
I have three small children, the oldest of whom will be seven in December. All of the kids have seen photos of me while pregnant with them and know that at one point they were "in Mommy's tummy." When they've asked how they actually got into my "tummy", my husband and I have told them that God created them special, just for us. That story has always worked.
Until last week.
My eldest child, a son, sat down next to me and mentioned that at one point he had been in my "tummy." He asked how he got there and I said that God had created him and he then said, "Yeah, but HOW EXACTLY? I said to him, "Can this wait until you're 16?" Him, "No. Tell me now. I need to know."
I managed to stammer and stall and distract him with something shiny.
I put the call out to friends of mine and had a wide array of responses.
"I've told my kids that daddies put a special seed into mommies special egg and then it grows into a baby in mommy's tummy...so far they haven't asked how the seed gets there!"
"Right now you could tell him that a baby is made when a mom and dad love each other. If he asks for more specifics, then you can answer those."
"I always go with the Special Hug..."
And my personal favourite:
"Use big words... After 'cervix, uterus, dilate and placenta' they usually lose interest."
Knowing the inquisitive nature of my kids I'd end up having to explain/show photos of cervixes, uteruses (Uteri???) and...UGH.
For now, I'll start with the Special Hug.