Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wifey’s Weekly Q and A – Reversed
The other morning while I was getting my workout on, my 8 year-old son, Miles, popped his head in the room and curiously asked, “Mom, what’s masturbation?”
After nearly tripping on my jump rope, I picked my jaw up off of the floor and told him … the truth. An age appropriate version of the truth, but the truth none the less.
Sex is such a touchy subject – literally (I couldn’t resist) and is often avoided by parents (and kids) because talking about it can be uncomfortable and downright embarrassing. But dodging the issue won’t make it go away. Kids are going to learn about sex with or without you – and quite honestly, the playground education is 20 times more frightening to me than having to utter the word “vagina” to my giggly kids.
My question is:
How do you talk to your children about sex? Do you sit down and have “the talk;” use books; or wait for them to interrupt your workout session to ask you a question about their private area? Do you use nicknames or lay it all on the line?
OK, that's more than one question, but curious moms (and children) want to know …
Winks & Smiles,