We live on a farm and life is happening all around us. We see animals mate, have babies, grow, and die each year. The three year old may ask, “Mommy, what are they doing?” My answer is simply, “With God’s help, they are making babies.” When we castrate an animal, I show them the “seed sacks” and explain that this animal will not be a daddy because he has no seeds now. If we have a female nurtured, I explain that her “baby hotel” was removed so she can’t have kittens or puppies.
Children continue to have questions occasionally through the years but since the conversation was already started in our family, their questions are a lot more comfortable for me to answer later.
Some girls are a lot easier to talk to than others. I have had two that were very inquisitive asking lots of questions and two who just took in the information as it was presented or when they needed it. Both situations are okay. If they are curious, it’s not to early. If they aren’t, it’s not too late. Each girl is unique with a unique timetable.
As moms we tend to really worry about when and how we should speak to our girls about these sensitive subjects.
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Is this a subject you have struggled with as a mother of daughters?