Originally Posted by klt
Actually, that incident made me bring my question to mothering.com to find out what "other" 5 year olds are comfortable with knowing. I mean, if some kids aren't allowed to handle the word penis, then I started to think...hm, really? Should we not talk about vaginas and the birthing process at 5 then?
I know, it's shocking to hear others' views on this subject sometimes. I was at a birthday party and overheard another mother talking about how a young girl in her neighborhood "knew everything about where babies come from -- I mean everything
, like the ____ goes in the ____ and everything
!!" And the 3 mothers she was talking to all tsk-tsked, like what horrible parents she must have to be telling her such awful things. I was standing nearby just baffled/dismayed at what I was hearing.
Anyway, to answer the OP, I've answered DS's questions as he's asked them, and just last week he got very specific and badgered me to tell him exactly how the sperm gets to the egg, so I told him. I was just very matter-of-fact, and he asked a couple of questions about it, but he seemed satisfied with the answer and hasn't brought it up since.
I did tell him that different parents choose to share this information with their kids at different times, and that he can always always ask me questions but to please let his friends' parents be the ones to discuss it with them. If he slips up and mentions it in front of a friend I guess I'll be the talk of the next birthday party.