Questions and Answers About Sex: My Young Child Asked Me Where Babies Come From – What Do I Say?

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Bill Engvall is one of my favorite comedians. His greatest comedy bit was called, “Here’s your sign.” In one of Bill’s standup routines, he shares an experience he had with his seven- to eight-year-old son while he was driving in his car. 

“Where do babies come from?” is a question that you will have the opportunity to answer more than once in your life as a parent.

His son asked him, “Dad, what is petting?” 

Bill gulps a little and, with a silly look on his face, begins to explain this uncomfortable question about adult intimacy. “Well son, it’s when a man… and a woman… well, kiss a little and…”

And then Bill stops, and thinks, “Where did that question come from?”

So, he asks his son, “What are you talking about son? Can you spell it for me?”

Then, the punch line came – his son spelled, “P-E-D-X-I-N-G.”

Bill then says, “Oh, that’s a cross walk, son.”

“Oh…” his son says. “What was that other thing you were talking about?”

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I’m always reminded of Bill Engvall’s experience, above, whenever parents ask me what to tell their young child, who has just asked them about sex. It is not uncommon for a child to ask where babies come from, especially if that child has a little brother or sister in mommy’s tummy.

Kids as young as two or three years old become curious about where all the babies in the world come from. They’re not here one day, and – proof – there they are the next day. The question “Where do babies come from?” is a question that you will have the opportunity to answer more than once in your life as a parent.

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  1. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Sometimes I just have to tell my son that he is too young

  2. Avatar of A_non__a_mus A_non__a_mus says:

    When my son was 3 years old he came home from the babysitter’s and proudly announced that he knew where babies came from. In my mind, I’m thinking, "Oh my God". So I told him to tell me – his answer was terrific for a 3 year old . Imagine if you will, in a thick southern drawl, he says "There’s this egg. It goes swimming down the river til it gets to the lake. It stays in the lake and gets bigger and bigger. When it gets too big for the lake, the mommy poops it out!" I was actually relieved to have heard this version – the babysitter told him in words he could understand. It satisfied his curiousity and there was no lying or cover up.

  3. Avatar of Ralf Ralf says:

    Yes, don’t lie to your child. And they will always come back with any question they have. No matter how old they are.

    When these questions become more precise that’s also the age when kids start playing more actively with themselves. I remember my nephew playing with himself at any occasion. His mom would just tell him: "Do it when you are alone in your room, not here in the kitchen."
    And his smaller sister would keep watch and yell at him when she caught him: "Go to your room. Not here. I don’t want to see it." Which embarrassed him and he stopped.

    Privacy is a very important subject: "Your body is your own. Don’t let anyone do something you don’t like. And if your grandma wants to kiss you and you don’t like it, tell her. If she doesn’t stop. Scream! Same for everybody else."

    My nieces are not bothered by boys. They tell them off when needed. They knew about condoms when they were three, had sex as teenagers but are not yet pregnant at 20.

  4. Avatar of Angela Angela says:

    I will keep this in mind when my baby is old enough to talk. She is only 7 months so no questions, yet.

  5. The picture of the baby boy is too cute!

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