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The birds and the bees

A while back my friend recommended this book, It’s So Amazing!”: A book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris.

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I bought it, stuck it on the shelf in the dining room and promptly forgot about it. My rising first grader (almost 7) found it and has been thoroughly studying it ever since. I really bought it for the older child. Older child shows no interest. Younger child will have most of the answers and can be older child’s go-to source.

We’ve had a number of interesting conversations this summer —

Walking along the beach, “What are those?”

“Those are fish eggs.”

“I didn’t know fish came from eggs too. So let’s see that’s fish, chickens AND humans. Cool.”

I’m hopeful these casual conversations will continue. Even if they are awkward. This book  is written at just the right level to honestly answer questions that come up, for instance “What is Sex?” is a few pages to describe exactly what is meant by sex without being a detailed how-to manual. There’s a description of sex as used to describe male vs. female, followed by a decent description of what sexual intercourse is. And then,

“Sexual intercourse may seem gross or nice, scary or funny, weird or cool, or even unbelievable to you. But when two people care for each other, sexual intercourse is very loving. Kids are much too young to have sexual intercourse.”

And now, I’ve done enough talking about the birds and the bees for this here blog. I highly recommend the book if you are the parent to a school aged kid. Or maybe the one for kids aged 10+ if your parents did a particularly bad job educating you.

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