Parents Talk: The Birds and the Bees
This week in Parents Talk, we ask parents for advice on how to start a conversation about the birds and the bees.
My parents never talked to me about "the birds and the bees." This is not to say that I didn't know about sex or where babies comes from growing up, but we just never had "the talk."
I realized this about a year ago when my then 4 year-old daughter started asking questions about where babies come from.
"Mommy, how did I get in your tummy?," she asked. "Did you eat me? How did they get me out?"
I did my best to be honest with her and with our twins, as well. They know that I carried them in my tummy before they were born. They know that a doctor somehow took them out. It's the parts in between that become a little gray.
Recently, after a close friend was put on hospital bed rest, the questions seemed to pick up speed and, honestly, I wasn't sure where to even begin the conversation.
So our question this week is, how do you talk to your kids about "the birds and the bees" and at what ages do you start to fill in the blanks with everything they need to know?