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How do I raise the 'birds and bees' with a six year old?

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Kendodd Mon 17-Oct-11 18:54:58

I have three DCs 3,4 and 6, I was hoping one of them would have asked where babies come from already and I could just answer their questions, but no such luck.

I wanted to explain the mechanics while they are young in a very 'matter of fact' way, rather than 'sit down, I have something to tell you.' That way I figured they would just fall about laughing and not be embarrassed.

Any advice welcome

BlowHole Mon 17-Oct-11 18:59:09

Maybe you should wait until they ask?

Kendodd Mon 17-Oct-11 19:12:36

I really want to tell them while they're young though. I was hoping somebody might suggest something to say that would trigger the question from them.

BlowHole Mon 17-Oct-11 19:25:12

You could talk about someone you know who's pregnant, or point out pregnant women on the street to them?

Sparklyboots Mon 17-Oct-11 22:32:57

What about 'Mummy laid an egg'. Hilarious and educational.

FunnysInTheGarden Mon 17-Oct-11 22:36:31

yes, wait until they ask. DS1 is coming up to 6 and he knows that Daddy put a seed in my tummy and hence his brother arrived. He also knows the seed went into my egg which he was very shock and grin about. But other than that he doesn't know the technicalities and I don't intend to enlighten him until he asks!

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 18-Oct-11 08:11:42

Animals... Our path into sex ed started when DS (then 4) saw a video of a lambing on an episode of the Tweenies, of all things. He found it fascinating and it springboarded questions and answers about human babies arriving the same way.

YouTube has lots of examples of lambing and calving.

Organa Thu 20-Oct-11 11:09:31

you don't have to tell the whole story at once. It can just be like a truth that gradually dawns on them. Just start with babies are made by a mummy and a daddy and they grow in the mummy's tummy. Then answer the questions when the occasion arises down the years.

Hersetta Thu 20-Oct-11 14:00:14

We recently had a 2nd DC and when I was 34 weeks pregnant my DD (3.10 at the time) asked how the baby got there. I said that daddy puts a special seed in mummy's tummy and it grows into a baby. She thought that idea was hilarious. She exploded into laughter and said 'don't be so silly Mummy'.

I would wait until they ask!

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