My 5 year old daughter just hit me with the one question that every parent dreads. To be fair, it was kind of my own fault. She had been talking about how God made her baby sister, when I had to open my big mouth and say, “Well, Mommy helped a little bit too.” That got her to thinking, and she hit me with the dreaded, “How exactly are babies made?” Uh, oh.
|This is her in my head, not old enough for those questions yet!|
Why, oh, why did I feel the need to get any credit?! This is the question that gets knees to shaking and stomachs churning. It is even worse than the, “How is that baby coming out?!” question. I don’t want to give too much information, because a five year old just doesn’t need that! I also didn’t want to not tell her anything, which would only make her wonder more.
While I don’t think that I have always handled the question very well with my son, I do think that it is a good idea to give them little bits of information over time, when they are ready for it. As they get older, and they understand how their bodies work, we can introduce more of the details. At five years old, though, she isn’t really ready for much.
So, after thinking pretty quickly, I told her, “Well, babies start off as seeds. God plants the seed (because women are already born with all the eggs they are ever going to carry, isn’t that amazing?), Daddy waters the seed (Hahaha!), and Mommy grows the seed until the baby is ready to come out!” She looked at me funny and went back to coloring.
Whew! Crises averted. Hopefully I won’t have to give her any more information for a few more years! How have you handled this question with your children, or what will you tell your children when they ask?