‘Mummy, why do dogs have penises?’ [Where did this come from and where did he learn the penis word?]
‘Because they need to use them to wee, like boys do. Your willy is called a penis.’ [Good comeback.]
‘Why don’t girls have a penis?’ [Bit of a pause while thinking of the answer.]
‘Because they have a vagina.’ [Ok, I’ll mention the anatomically correct word for girls bits.]
We kept talking more about the difference between girls and boys bits and then the topic moved to how do babies get there?
‘A man and woman make love and the man fertilises an egg.’ [I pointed to roughly where my ovaries are.]
‘Oh, so the man sprays the woman.’ [Mmm, yes, but I won’t go into too much detail here, you’re only six. Luckily he didn’t want the details of how a man and woman make love but I guess he’s not ready for that yet.]
‘We can’t have a baby when I’m older can we because I came from you.’ [We’ve already had the talk, after he proposed marriage to me and I had to gently turn him down, that because we’re related we can’t get married and for some reason I also explained that people who are related can’t have babies together because of inbreeding and I think it’s against the law too.]
He went out the room for a bit to digest all of this and then came back and double checked that we can’t have a baby together when he’s old enough.
‘No, you’ll meet someone who you fall in love with and you’ll have a baby with her.’
You had that well covered, I think you did a good job.
We have had some VERY uncomfortable animal penis related discussions.
What a sweetie, proposing to his Mummy..how cute 🙂
My goodness! Ably handled, you cool customer.
I particularly liked your determination to use the anatomically correct names for the various bits. I’m all for doing that. Also, only answering the questions asked. No need to elaborate on what is not asked. It’s all on a “need to know” basis.
Certainly you wanted us to share your moment, and for me it was…umm…interesting.
Megan over at Imaginif says
Good for you! Research says that using the correct names for body parts is the best protection we can give our kids from sexual predators who will use the course, “cute” names.
Sounds like you did well.
He’ll grow out of wanting to marry you unfortunately. Savour it while you can.
Very well handled. My daughter proposed to me also when younger – and despite our little talk the other night, she is still looking forward to V and I getting married because that is the guaranteed way to have a child…
Classic! I’ll email this post to my wife as I suspect my 3.5 y.o. will be asking these questions soon.
BTW thanks for popping by the blog and signing up at the meetup. Would you be keen to lend me a hand organising a quarterly get-together?
Oh Jen….my heart. He loves his Mum a lot. You handled that beautifully. Big hugs to you both.
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