As a third grade Science and Social Studies teacher, I get asked a lot of random questions. “How do fish get rid of waste?” “Do kids have to follow the law, since we can’t go to jail?” And even more random questions in the form of riddles: ”What did the librarian use to catch a fish?”
With all of the questions I am asked daily, nothing has prepared me for this question: “How did you get pregnant?” Though my belly has been expanding greatly over the past couple of months, I never considered that my students may be curious about the formation of my pregnancy. Each time I am asked this very valid question, I respond, “It was my turn to have a baby. Don’t you think I’d make a great mom?” (I add the question to throw them off.)
As the questions keep coming, I can’t help but wonder about how I will bring up the embarrassing conversation about the birds and the bees with my own child. When to bring up the subject is as baffling as how! Will I refer to male and female relationships using analogies or scientific terminology? Should I use diagrams to explain key points, or should I just leave visuals to the imagination? Should mother and daughter solely have this awkward conversation, or should both parents and daughter tackle the awkwardness together? So many questions. So soon, but also so important.
My own sex education came from my father, when I was about 11 years old. It involved a scientific explanation and an encyclopedia article. Though it may not be the most popular method, it was just right for me. So maybe it’s all about catering the talk to your child? Maybe it’s too early to even think about this?
Have you considered how you will approach this topic with your own child? Or have you had the conversation already with your child and want to comment about what exactly “the talk” entailed?
I would love to hear what you have to say.
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