Tertia's post yesterday, The Birds, the Bees, Eggs and Seeds, got me thinking about the whole issue of having "THE TALK" with your kids. I was curious about what age everyone thought was an appropriate age to teach kids about where babies come from.
Its been about 2 years since I subjected Marty to "THE TALK". Both Vic and I had decided 4th grade would be our target time for the talk. Kids have an in depth unit on reproduction and human growth and development in science class in the 5th grade and we did not want the school system to be the first source of knowledge. And, although Vic and I had never stated it, we both had assumed that since we have all boys, that he would be the one having the talk with the kids. Circumstances changed that. I had a captive audience (due to a completely unrelated occurrence and I decided to take advantage of it. When I explained things to Marty, I kept it fairly clinical and made very certain I used the proper names for all the body parts. I was very straight forward and didn't let his embarrassment phase me. Evidently, the timing was right because, in the days that followed, he asked me questions about things people had told him.
Since then, Marty has truly become interested in girls but is still doesn't want to admit it to everyone. He also is a typical preteen and is embarrassed by any talk or allusion to male-female relationships. Hell, Marty himself said, "I like babies. I just don't want to think about how they get here." Am I bad if I admit that I take perverse pleasure in teasing him about this?
Just the other day, the subject of a 4th child came up. Marty and Joey have really been championing the cause. So, when Marty brought up the topic of a new baby on a day when he had been driving me nuts with his preteen nature, I just looked at him and laughed. He asked me what was so funny. I said, "Do you really and truly want another sibling?" Of course, Marty said yes. Thats when I loked at him and said, "Boy that will be fun. Just think, 9 months of reminding you of exactly what had to happen for us to be having that baby!" I don't think Marty saw the humor in it that I saw.
I grabbed another golden moment for teasing him. Right before our house guests got here, I was up on the loft changing Marty's bed. Marty has been taking a lot of snacks up onto his bed recently. Thats not really a big deal except for the fact that he had left a lot of crumbs behind. I don't know about you but nothing drives me crazier than having crumbs in the bed or having the sheets messed up.
Me: Marty, either you have to stop leaving crumbs behind or you will have to stop taking snacks into bed. Its horrible up here.
Marty: I don't mind.
Me: But its gross Marty not to mention that it can attract bugs in warm weather.
Marty (As he is leaving the room): But Mom, I'm a boy. I don't care.
Me: At some point in the future, you are going to want to share your bed and most women won't put up with this.
Marty: Eeeewwwwww....gross...did you really, really have to mention that?
Can I say again how much fun I have grossing him out?
So, how old do you think a kid should be before they get the whole "TALK"? Who do you think will give the talk in your house? Do you think it will be worse for you or for your (future) kid?