Guest blogger Politically Incorrect Mommy: Help! I think I told my kid too much about sex too soon!
Last week, an innocent question asked by my 7-year-old daughter -- about where and how babies come out of a mother's body -- led to an inquiry about how babies get in there in the first place.
I'm not a big fan of the stork, so I told my daughter the truth. While I didn't offer a play-by-play commentary on the process of procreation, I did talk about penises and where they go. My second grader reacted to the information the way that I expected most 7-year-olds would; she shrugged her shoulders and went back to coloring.
All was well until I got several angry emails from the parents of my daughter's classmates who were "irate" and "outraged" that my daughter had shared the facts of life with her friends at school.
I'm torn. One part of me feels bad for unwittingly introducing sex ed into the second-grade curriculum. The other part of me wants to tell these parents where to go. While I would have preferred that my daughter kept the details of our conversation to herself, I also don't want to teach her that sex is a taboo subject, or something that is always shrouded in mystery.
You tell me: Did I screw up? Did I tell my daughter too much too soon?
What should we tell our children about sex ... and when?