Thursday, May 29, 2014

The birds and the bees~priddymomma



Hey guys!  Thanks for tuning in with us!  We’re discussing the birds and the bees this week.  While I’m sure you have had THE TALK with your folks at some point (as this is a parenting blog with most likely parent readers), you might be uncomfortable having the same discussion with your kids.


Personally, I feel this country has a huge problem with labeling things as taboo, sweeping them under the rug, and pretending they don’t exist.  While companies might be okay with marketing sex, the general population still avoids the concept at the dinner table.  Do you have a little boy?  How did you feel the first time you noticed he had an erection?  How about your daughter?  Are you uncomfortable when she explores herself during bath time? 

{In case you are new, I’m blunt.  By now, you’ve probably noticed.}

I have a problem with making sex a taboo topic.  Sex is a wonderful thing under the right circumstances.  It brings people closer, expresses love, creates life, and feels good.  There is nothing wrong with it.  It is a natural thing.  It is your job to teach your kids about that. 

Here’s the problem:  it makes people uncomfortable.  I know you do NOT want to think of your sweet baby ever having sex, but it isn’t like plugging your ears and humming is going to change the fact that most people have sex at some point in time.  While you teach them what sex does, you don’t want to encourage them to do it right away!  I get that; however, the solution is to make it LESS taboo, not more so.
 
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Do you want your kids to grow up to be polite, intelligent, honest people?  Sure you do!  Are you planning to wait until they are about to leave the house to teach them how to be polite, intelligent, and honest?  Heck no!  You are probably teaching them RIGHT NOW! 

Bingo!  Teach them now.  Teach them right now every day just the way you teach them to love and how to sing their ABCs.  “But Heather!  I could not talk to my son/daughter about sex!  He/she is 2/3/4/5/6 years old!”  Ahh.  I’m willing to bet you already have.  (Quit looking so scandalized!)  What does your child call his or her private anatomy?  You had to, at some point, make a decision on what to call those pieces when asked or when describing potty training.  Sex starts with having the right parts, does it not? 

Maybe you’ve had more of the talk than you’ve realized.  Have you talked about privacy?  Maybe you’ve mentioned that no one is allowed to touch private parts except mom/dad and the doctor/childcare provider?  Perhaps you’ve even had to make a decision on approaching your child about masturbation? 

Just for fun background, I’ll brief you on what my kids know.  Cheerio Champ is six.  When I was pregnant with Princess Cheerio, we checked out some books at the library and discussed pregnancy and babies.  He learned that sperm and egg make baby.  Babies grow in mom’s belly (I taught him uterus, but it didn’t stick.  Belly was easier for him to understand at that age) and then come out when they are too big to be in there anymore.  He had questions.  “How does the sperm get there?”  Daddy put it there.  He never asked how.  “Can I have a baby in my belly?”  No, honey.  Only women have babies.  He never asked how the baby got out.  And that was it!  Not painful at all!

Since that time, Cheerio Champ has learned that sometimes women don’t want to have babies and get medicine from the doctor to prevent pregnancy.  He knows that touching himself feels good and that if he wants to do that, it is okay, but he has to do it in his bedroom with the door closed or in the bathroom when no one else is in there.  He knows it isn’t polite to touch himself in front of anyone else.  He knows he is supposed to tell us if someone other than mom or dad or his doctor touches him there and that he is to never touch anyone else in their private areas either.  We recently discussed how people don’t usually enjoy being ogled while they are naked.  {By “people,” I meant me, and by “while they are naked,” I meant while I am toweling off after using my glass shower, why are you in my bathroom again??!}  It is a constant learning adventure! 


Princess Cheerio is only two.  She calls her private parts by the appropriate names (even though screaming “-GINA”, as she calls it, makes even me look like a prude, or like a giggling schoolgirl, depending on the circumstance).  She also knows that exploring herself is not polite to do in front of others.  This is a more recent conversation.  And the little lady likes her privacy (especially from her brother) when she tinkles.     

I’m not telling you to swing out the textbooks and videos and describe STIs (previously STDs) and contraceptives to a three year old.  I’m telling you to do your best to open the discussion with your kids by answering any questions they have as they crop up.  Make sure they know that you can and will talk with them about anything always, no matter what the topic, without fear of ridicule or judgment.  Explain topics in a way they can understand at that age range.  Use things they see on television, youtube, or ads as learning tools to opening the door for important discussions.  Make sure the information they have is accurate, kick up your feet, and know that you are doing your job without THE TALK looming in the future. 


4 comments:

  1. Christi Van AlstMay 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    So true! I answer any questions my kids have with an honest, but simple response. As they request more info, I provide it. It is sometimes awkward for me as the parent, but the kids are quite unaffected by the reality of our bodies.

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    1. I agree! The most awkward questions for us have more to do with WHEN and WHERE they ask what they are curious about. haha

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