Baby-Making Dance? // Answering the Awkward Questions
It Finally Happened…
Well, it’s official: All of our children have asked us THAT question. The very awkward “Where do babies come from?” To be honest, we didn’t think it would happen this soon with Jersey. The girls were slightly older than Jersey when they asked, but all of them have asked before the age of 4. How do you tell a two-year-old where they came from? We don’t want to lie to our kids, but there are just some subjects that need to wait until they are older.
Keep It Simple
We kept it pretty simple when we told the girls at age three. I told the girls I was pregnant and then the questions started rolling in. You can find that video here. I kept it simple and told the girls that Justin and I got together and made a baby. At that point, they were so concerned about not getting a brother that they didn’t ask too many more questions other than if there were sticks involved. And we all know how that turned out.
Jersey Asks a LOT of Questions
But Jersey has been asking a lot of questions in general so we knew that this was probably coming soon. Unfortunately, we didn’t get his original questions on camera, but we were able to prompt him to discuss it again for you guys and you can see that process here. He was super concerned about being alone in my tummy without toys. He says he didn’t have any fun but if you have been around for a while, you may remember that I had a very difficult pregnancy with Jersey. Part of me can’t wait until he’s older and we can talk about just how much fun I had while I carried him.
How Do We Explain the Awkward Stuff?
But this brings up the question about how much we tell our small kids and at what age do we start to divulge the more complicated parts about being humans. How do we prepare them for the hard and weird stuff that we go through as we get older without traumatizing them? Justin and I settled on the idea of telling the kids about a “baby-making dance.” This gives them an idea without getting technical and it’s enough of an explanation so they stop digging too deep into the subject.
We will, of course, have the talk with them at some point when they are much older. We are very grateful that we aren’t there yet and we still have plenty of years with our babies before they are old enough to discuss the origins of their lives. But how do you approach complicated subjects with your little ones? Do you gloss over it? Do you tell them the whole truth? I want to know! We’re all on this parenting journey together and these are the kinds of discussions we want to start so the people in our community can learn from each other.
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