Do you remember when your parent(s) or other adult figure had “the talk’ with you? No one had the with me, actually. When I was growing up in the 1970’s and 1980’s, this was an awkward topic. I learned the nitty-gritty details?about this stuff at a very young age, mostly from pornography in the form of magazines and books?that were?freely available and accessible in my home. I’d NOT want my kids to learn about sexuality that way, but if there’s an upside, it’s that I was spared the?awkward chat?with my parents would have been.
To teach ?my children, I bought the book A Child is Born by Lennart Nilsson. It illustrates in full-color images every step of the process from romance to the sperm penetrating the egg to the actual birth. It’s a beautiful book. It doesn’t show the act of intercourse, of course. I just handed both of my kids the book and said “if you have questions, let me know.” They did have questions, and they periodically ask me about more specific details; they’re comfortable doing so without awkwardness, so I guess my method was effective.
Watch the video below and enjoy these kids’ hilarious reactions — and their parents’ hilarious discomfort — to hearing this very weird stuff for the first time.