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How to explain to 6 year old ds that getting him a little brother is not that easy?

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DrNortherner Mon 08-Sep-08 09:48:15

"Go to the hospital and ask for a seed" says ds, as he currently says he wants a little bro.

Help required for explaining that actually, it is not that easy.

Thanks smile

RubyRioja Mon 08-Sep-08 09:52:30

My 6yo now pretty much knows the facts of life after pinching her older sisters book. She thinks it is hilarious btw.

Maybe it is time to get a good book and do the biology side, whilst explaining that sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't, even if you really want it to.

oggsfrog Mon 08-Sep-08 09:53:52

I have this problem with dd. She is now 8 and has been asking for a brother or sister for years.

I suppose it depends how much you have told him about how babies are made etc.

I try to explain that our bodies don't always work how they are supposed to hmmsmile

DrNortherner Mon 08-Sep-08 10:02:22

I have told hime very little tbh.

Just think that 6 seems so young. Maybe I should though.

RubyRioja Mon 08-Sep-08 10:20:43

I don't think 6 is too young to learn stuff - it is not as if it is bad info, or will remove their childhood. Maybe mine are just v nosey!

When dd's teacher went on maternity leave, she was v vague about 'how baby would come out' when questioned by her class.

So my dd drew her a picture (complete with umbilical cord!). I was not sure whether to be proud or not!

oggsfrog Mon 08-Sep-08 10:37:36

I don't think 6 is too young at all.
There are loads of book you can use. Just deal with it as you would any other question.
A few tips here

"Always ask more questions before you offer any possibly over-complex information. Kids are sometimes simpler beings. And very literal. You could find you've just done the whole shenanigans and they only wanted to know where the baby grows. Which, if the child is very young, it only needs a finger pointing to the tummy. Don't rush to offer all the facts, but keep an open conversation going. Till when? Till they stop asking, be it 18 or 80!" grin

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