Sex Education, You're Never Too Young Or Too Old
Trip Start Jan 11, 2012
41Trip End Jun 20, 2012
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One thing I really love about me and Thomas' parenting style is that we seldom base things on what we did and didn't do as kids. We try to be in the moment with Mecca and base our decisions on what's happening now. Mecca is far more evolved and exposed to life than I was, so it would be a disservice to her to live in my past.
With that said, I was in the bookstore browsing and came across a book called "It's So Amazing, A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families." I looked through the book and loved the clear, simple, fun explanations, but thought M was too young so I put it back on the shelf. So this book must of had my name written on it, because I didn't want to buy (I picked it up and put it back twice) but I was so drawn to the book that I finally bought it
Mecca absolutely loves this book! Every time I turn around she's reading it on her own, spelling out the words she doesn't know, and now it's part of our nightly storytime. I think I bought the book to force me to deal with any discomfort I have about talking to her about sex, babies, the body, etc. The book is very clear, concise and detailed, yet is written for kids with funny pictures and characters which brings a lightness to the conversation.
What I am surprised by is her reaction to the content. She's totally fascinated that she's learning about the private parts of her body and men's bodies, but it's only information to her. She doesn't have any of the baggage or judgments that I grew up with. I feel like I've truly opened the door to having open conversations with my daughter about absolutely anything and everything. Now that I have this book as a reference, my job is a lot easier. If I'm not sure how to explain something to her in a way that is age appropriate, we can look for the answers together and both become more informed.