The Birds and the Bees

My daughter looked at me across the table. “How are babies made?” she asked in between mouthfuls of Weetbix.

Oh God, she’s only 5, I thought. What on earth do I say?

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“Well,” I said. “Women have eggs inside them—”

“No Mum.”

“Yes, darling. All women have eggs inside their bodies. All men have sperm. When the sperm  – ”

“No Mum, people don’t have eggs.”

“Yes, they do. When sperm touches the egg it fertilises –”

“No Mum! Only chickens have eggs.”

It got me thinking; why do we refer to sex education as “the birds and the bees talk”? It should be called “the hens and the roosters talk”.

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