Oh my!.... last night was rather devastating for me. Turns out my little one knows more than we thought he did about the birds and the bees.... all garnered from peers at school..... in graphic detail. What do these 7 year olds get up to? How do they live? What are their parents telling them, exposing them to?
My eldest son came downstairs last night, aftering supervising my youngest's shower (I know we're very spoilt). "I'm so worried Mum, he knows so much more than I did at his age". I do remember back to that moment, when he was about 9. "Mum and Dad, all the kids are talking about it at school, and I am sick of not knowing the truth... so tell me". I looked wide eyed at my hubby and he mouthed to me "don't panic"... just as well we had his favourite National Geographic shows to fall back on, to use as examples.... and we're scientists.... so we went all technical with his favourite animal examples....and he was happy.
So my little one spilt the beans, stood in front of us and his brother (like he was presenting a dissertation) and told us the lot. My little darling, you are too young, I was thinking. You're my baby. Big brother had his head in his hands! Little one finished his spiel and then proudly announced, "but I know it's not true, they're just making it all up". "Some bits are true darling"...I spluttered... and then big brother took over.. he was in control... he knew how to tamper the gritty stuff and bring it all back to the nature shows on the National Geographic channel and the 'real' birds and the bees. Thank goodness for Foxtel is all I can say.... and big brothers....
I hugged my big boy later and asked how little one's friends could possibly know all that stuff. My son matter of factly said, "oh they have big brothers" . "But so does your little brother", I said.... and he said, "but I protect mine"...... doesn't. get. any. better. I. tell. you.