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Miss 8 has been questioning me about how babies are made. I gave her a basic explanation but now she is wanting more information. How much should I tell her?


Posted anonymously, 31st July 2014


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  • I think it’s a great opportunity to give her information as she’s ready for it. Give her as much information as she asks for. My Miss Seven already knows in great detail and is fine with it.


  • If she’s asking more, maybe what you’ve already said isn’t making much sense to her. I suggest answering all her questions as honestly, and as factually, as possible. She’s old enough to ask, she’s old enough to know


  • I think you should ask her to give you specific questions and answer them as honestly and age appropriately as you can. Good luck!


  • use proper names for body parts and tell her the truth. sticking to the basics is great for the first time, but if she is asking for more, tell her more. information is power, give her the power.

    there is nothing wrong or dirty or gross or unnatural about having conversations about sex, babies, periods and puberty. its only a learned behaviour that makes us adults squeamish.


  • My mother used to tell us we were fished out of sea . It is just as bad as the pelican story . Tell her soon she will learn this at school and if she can wait a bit longer. Just check school has PD classes wont you .


  • Head to your local library or book store and ask for an age appropriate book explains it all.


  • maybe try some resources at the library?


  • There are some very good books available for children that would explain to her where babies come from and how they are made. One of them is Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth’s What Makes a Baby for kids around four to eight years of age, teaching them about “conception, gestation, and birth” using really specific language.


  • lol i faced this one the other day

    i just said – “you grow from an egg and i made you” so her response- “like a chicken? ”

    lol i will clarify in time


  • If she is old enough to want to know more, then I think she will be old enough to handle the facts. I don’t think you have to go into the specifics of intercourse, just go the ‘when 2 people love eachother’ route. But the whole physiology of babies being created and developing and entering the world, I think you can let her know in a few simple dot points and just be honest.


  • I think I’ll be getting a book to do the talking haha.


  • There is a great book called ‘Where did I come from’ I remember being in grade 1 or 2 and they talked about the birds and the bee’s mostly also how boys and girls are different and you don’t touch etc. Kids have more questions these days – damn you internet LOL


  • Be honest, but age specific. Children are much better, stronger and smarter than we give them credit for. If she is asking she is obviously keen to know. Tell her…


  • I heard someone say something on the tv this morning about sex ed that I thought was really good. It’s better that our children know what it’s all about then to be unaware and end up in a bad situation. as a parent of a 7 year old girl, I’ve been lucky so far that I haven’t had to answer any big questions, but now I’m worried that she doesn’t know anything and maybe that’s not good either. it’s such a hard topic and I understand how you must feel. I think honesty is always the best way, but just in a way that you know your daughter would understand. good luck.


  • The “Where Do Babies Come From” book sounds like a great idea. It sounds very similar to the book we used to have when I went to school “Where Do I come from?”


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