Many parents fear the inevitable question from their children: “How are babies made?” My daughters have known the clinical answer to this for a while – a man’s sperm fertilises a woman’s egg – but I’ve been waiting for the follow-up question: “How does the sperm get to the egg?”
To prepare myself for this loaded question, I bought a copy of It’s NOT the Stork! By Robie H. Harris. After sitting down and reading it with my children, I can highly recommend it – just be prepared for the hilarious comments that may follow.
When we got to the section about ‘having sex’ my youngest daughter said, “But that’s not privacy. That’s disgusting.”
My eldest looked at me and asked, “Did you and Daddy do that?”
“Yes,” I said.
Her face scrunched up. “That’s gross.”
Since then, my youngest child has decided there’s a word called ‘sexing’. In the modern age, that of course opens up a whole different conversation about ‘sexting’, which is not covered in It’s NOT the Stork, and I’m not ready to go there yet with my kids anyway.