Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Oh dear...

First of all, no we are not done with school yet.  Next monday is our last day.  With that said, Goose had his first school instruction on human development today.  That's a nice way of saying they watched a puberty video.  :)  When he came home we had a conversation about it.  The first thing he said was that they talked about urine and sperm and he didn't know what urine was.  Negative points for me for always calling it pee.  Ugh.  I asked him if they explained what it was in the video.  He said no, but he had asked in class.  I clarified... "Urine is another word for pee, and sperm is what a male contributes to make a baby.  Girls have eggs, boys have sperm.. . when they meet, a baby can grow."  He paused...then said half under his breath:

"I still don't know how the egg and sperm get together."

This is where the "oh dear" comes in.  I knew I had to hold back my giggle and answer him seriously, but I would have preferred to dodge the bullet or change the subject.  LOL!  About a week ago he told me that he knew what sex was...  (imagine this all in a hushed tone like he was in on a secret.)  I asked him to explain it to me (so I could see what he had heard).  He said,  "its mating."  I held in my giggle, smiled and said that, yes, yes it was.  Anyway, with that as background, I told him that sex (or mating) was how they got together.  He had a slightly horrified look on his face for half a second, then looked deep in thought.  I was afraid that he might ask more clarification, but instead he then asked me why his hands might grow before the rest of him.  :) 

He had a few other questions that we talked about, and we had a great conversation.   I've been stressed about this video and "the talk" for months.  And that was it! I'm sure this won't be the last "the talk", but I'm glad he felt comfortable enough to talk to me and ask as much as he wanted to know.  As a kid, I was always too embarrassed to ask *any* questions.  I wish I has been confident enough to just ask, it sure seems silly now!  

Anyway, that was a highlight of my day.  :)   In other news, we have a nickname for our sweet girl!  The voting was unanimous in favor of Cinderelly.  So, at least in blog world, that will be her nickname.  :)  Thanks for voting. 

5 comments:

Kim W said...

We had "the talk" with each kid at age 8. The 2 older were so excited for Jon's turn, they built up the expectations so much. Then this last week Aubrey asked for clarification and we got the little book out again. So fun to be open with kids!

Liz Smith said...

hahahahahahahaha. oh 'the talk.' those are always fun memories. :P honestly though, i think it's great to be open with your kids. My parents were always open with me, maybe too much...lol...but i am grateful for it. i think it is way better to teach them as much as you can at home than having them just "pick stuff up" out in the crazy world where you don't know what they are hearing.

Hillary Monroe said...

Oh, so funny you mention the school version - Sean was the "lucky" teacher in the district to be called in to teach that class when the original teacher had a "family emergency" and couldn't be there to teach it. Can you imagine Sean teaching 5th graders about sex? Oh, I wish I had been there!
We had the talk with Becky about a year ago, and Jane just recently. We have one of Sean's biology text books from college on our shelf and Jane, our dr to be, loves perusing through it, so it has been easy to pull the book off the shelf and use it to answer questions. You'll have to post any more fun comments - I'm not sure how I feel about Becky learning any more about the subject from a school classroom... unless Sean's teaching, of course! :) (But he wouldn't anyway since boys and girls are split up. Oh, well.)

Devri said...

rule at my house, I do the girls, and Maka do the boys.. doesn't sound fair huh! lol great talk sis!

KelliandJonathanThorne said...

I just thought I would share the fact that Dad tried to have "the talk" with me when I was a Senior in high school - that did not go over so well ;) I am glad you are talking with your kids about the important things in life.