Dreading "the talk"
I was once a sex toy company owner and so you would think that talking about sex to my child should come liberating and easy. I want to be able to talk to my child openly about sex and sexual health, but honestly - I can't make myself do it. According to some articles in the Internet, these talks should happen between parents and kids around 6-8 years old. So when my son turned 6 last year I decided to finally do the deed that needs to get done. But before charging on I needed some guidance. So I got gung-ho and enthusiastically researched on materials I can use to read or view with him that can hopefully help get my points across.
I decided to finally purchase this book called "Where Did I Come From?” online. It had some great reviews everywhere, so it must be really good. As soon as I received it in the mail, I excitedly browsed and read through it quickly. I was shocked and now unsure if this is the right time to be talking to my child about sex just yet. I hid the book in home office book shelf and it has been sitting there for a year now. How can I possibly read that book to my child without getting embarrassed? Here are some excerpts from the book.
Now tell me - am I the only one that thinks this is way too much information for children? And for those that have had the chance to do this with your children, how did you exactly approach this topic? And how old were your children then, and how did they respond to it? Eventually I will have to do this so I hope that some of you can enlighten me of a better or gentler way of talking about sex to your children for the first time.
"The beginning of baby
....and they hug each other very tight. And after a while, the man's penis becomes stiff and hard, much bigger than it usually is. It gets bigger because it has a lot of work to do..............And to get really close the best thing to do is lie on top of her and put his penis inside her, into her vagina.
...The man pushes his penis up and down and inside the woman's vagina, so that both the tickly parts are being rubbed against each other . It's like scratching an itch, but a lot nicer."
Also, here is a very entertaining German version of their own Where babies come from.
Cross-posted @ ChicagoMomsBlog.com
I am a librarian and often dealt with parents who wanted to broach this. Go to your local library and talk to the children's librarian. He/She should have some good suggestions for more age-appropriate books and several options for you to look at. Frankly, I think the book you have will lead to more questions and confusion than a 6-8 yr-old is ready to handle.
Check out the new release "Third Base Ain't What It Used To Be" by Logan Levkoff. I saw her on TV and she has great ideas and suggestions. I thought she was so great, we invited her on our podcast show "What Really Matters".