That awkward moment when you explain to your children what sex is and what its purpose is.
I had that talk – separately – with the twins this weekend. I’ve been meaning to for a while, but I was trying to find a copy of video my mom showed me when I was just a bit older than they were. That wasn’t easy.
The video – Where Did I Come From? – is an animated video that explains the reproduction process in a slightly lighthearted manner. It explains what body parts do what and goes from conception all the way to birth.
Before I let them watch the video, I talked to them and asked them what they knew about sex. If they were telling the truth, they didn’t know much.
Boy, talk about awkward. I almost didn’t do it, but it needed to be done. They confirmed my suspicions that other kids at school are talking about sex so felt somewhat vindicated for broaching the subject.
Anyhow, they watched the video individually. I asked them both if they had questions afterwards and they obviously said no.
I explained to them that I know they’re getting to the age when they’re interested in girls – Baby A’s girlfriend showed up unexpectedly just a few moments after our discussion – and that they need to understand what sex is and what the consequences are. I also told them that if I’m a grandfather before I’m 40 lives will be lost.
I didn’t get into STD’s and contraception yet. I didn’t want to overwhelm them. We’ll tackle that at a later date.
All these years it never occurred to me that this talk would be just as awkward as the parent as it is as the child.