Sex ed

amazing youI have to say I was a bit shocked when my 4-year-old pointed to herself during bathtime and asked, “What is this for?”  I, slightly stunned, replied “That is where babies come out when you are a Mama.  I’ll tell you more about it later.”  I was proud of myself for not freezing up, but still didn’t know exactly how much information should be shared with a preschooler.  So I researched a bit and found this great book–  Amazing You!: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts .  It discusses all the basic anatomy issues for both genders and then goes on to explain how babies are made and where they come from– not in too much detail, but just enough.  Phew!  It seems like something my daughter will understand better in a year or so, but I am happy to have it at the ready when need be.

I also picked up a book for parents on educating your children about sexuality (From Diapers to Dating: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children), which has proven to be quite useful as well.  So far (I’m not finished with it yet) I’ve learned that it is not about the Big Talk, but about having answers to the questions your children bring up as they come along.  As we all dread the birds & the bees lecture, I’m happy to learn about some tools to educate my children without it as the need arises.

xx Rebecca


Comments (3)

August 27, 2009

Isn’t it interesting the things your 4-year-old starts to question? I really feel like we’re entering a new phase of having to watch what we say in front of our son, be prepared for difficult questions, and really start to think about our answers.

We’re of the mindset of being honest with our kids. I remember when I tried to answer the question “how will your baby come out” and a whole slew of other questions, and we just tried to tell him honestly and simply.

And when our baby girl was born, we definitely got questions (from both the 2-year-old and the 4-year-old) about why she didn’t have a ‘willy’.

Oh, the joys of parenting!!

August 27, 2009

thank you!
both books will end up in my amazon list!

August 31, 2009

congrats on not freezing up!

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