I have finally had The Talk with Coco who is now 5½. You know which talk I mean? The one where your innocent, little kid turns around to you and asks: where do babies come from? The Talk invariably happens at an inopportune moment, normally in a crowded tube or in a civilised, quiet restaurant while your kid should just be enjoying an ice-cream and certainly not be thinking about baby making.
I actually panicked, as this was a defining moment of her life! If I messed this one up, there could be years of therapy in front of my daughter, where she would blame me for messing up her sex life. But how do you go about it? Do you get technical, throw a book at your child and hope she figures it out, talk about birds and bees or even the stork? I thought I dealt with it reasonably well and only got stuck on the technicality of what sperms look like… which I decided could be dealt with later.
Yesterday we were walking down the street with a friend of mine who has recently become pregnant. She told Coco she had a baby in her tummy. Coco’s response was certainly direct: “You mean that you did the thing where you stuck the penis in the vagina?” Maybe I should have stuck with the stork version of the story! Have you talked to your kids about sex yet? Any tips?
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