Caitlin has been invited to an Interrelate seminar at the school titled “Preparing for Puberty” during which I gather we will sit in the hall with other Year 5 and 6 kids and pretend we aren’t there to talk about vaginas and penises. Actually, I’m sure it’ll be great, and I’m totally going to make sure that the discussion of menstruation includes mention of menstrual cups, cloth pads and sponges and not just disposable pads and tampons.
There’s an earlier session for Years 3 & 4 about the whole pregnancy and foetal development thing which is on at the same time as my singing lesson so I asked Tom if he thought he understood enough about where babies come from. He claimed he didn’t know very much but then launched into a retelling of the conception scenes from The Human Body and looked set to take me all the way through to birth so I think he’s got the biology basics pretty clear.
In the middle of Tom’s enthusiastic explanation of the hostile environment met by sperm in the vagina David walked in and asked why we were bothering with the Interrelate session. I said it was because Tom and Cait were interested and that it was good to learn stuff from reliable sources. I then launched into a speech I’ve had prepared for some time in which I emphasised that if any of the kids ever have any questions about sex, or sexuality or sexual health that they can always feel free to ask me but also that if they don’t want to ask me they should go to another reliable source such as Scarleteen.com.
Caitlin: What about if it’s boy’s questions?
Me: You can still ask me those, or get answers from Scarleteen.
Cait: But what about Dad, isn’t he a reliable source?
Me: Yes, of course you can ask him, he’s very reliable.
Caitlin: If you can get him to stop being silly.
Me: I’m pretty sure if you ask him about sex he’ll get very serious very quickly.
Tom: Of course Dad is a reliable source
Tom: Because he’s DONE IT! Three times.
Me: LOL Excuse me, I have to go blog this!
(Yes, I will correct the misapprehension, but maybe not right now, he is only 8 years old after all.)