Sex education

I really like the show “Modern Family.”  My 7-year-old daughter happened to be with me last time I watched it.

It turns out that the kids “walk in” on their parents.  Of course, they are traumatized. One daughter even washes her eyes out to try to get rid of the image of what she just saw.  She and her sister, who are the older ones,  try to “shield” the youngest from knowing what happened.

The youngest kid says that he knows what sex is… it’s when people “take off their underpants and climb in bed together.” (Check out the episode here, if you’d like.)

I was trying to turn off the tv while this was going on, and the remote wasn’t cooperating with me.

My daughter said, “Take off their underpants and crawl in bed together?  AWESOME!”


She asked, “Did you and Dad do that one time?”

I must have looked like a deer in the headlights for a second.  Then I remembered that honesty is the best policy… and I’ve read all those parenting magazines.

So, I just said, “Yes.”

She then asked, “Do you still do it?”

I said, “Yes.”

And she said, “You do? Even though you’re old?”


I explained to her then that it was something married people do, and it was private.

(In other words, please don’t go to school tomorrow and tell everyone that your mom and dad take off their underpants and crawl in bed together. )

Told you it was an unusual week, fraught with spring fever!

Have you had the conversations with your kids?  How did you handle it?

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Janet on May 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    My oldest, now 12, was about 7 (first grade) when she told me that she understood how the sperm and egg work, but didn’t understand how the sperm got to the egg. Fortunately she was in the back of the mini-van and I was driving so it was easily delayed. I found a great book written by Marc ?? (who does Arther on PBS). It has ONE line that tells how the sperm gets to the egg. Her response was “gross mom, but at least the egg gets fertalized.” She is planning on adoption. Not sure if it is because of this, because she is adopted, or what.


    • I’m going to be getting a book for my daughter. We have a book called “The Story of Me” but she’s ready for more info now! I’ll check into the book you recommend. Thanks!


  2. Planning on faking a coma / death when either of my kids ask.


  3. Ew. I like Big Daddy’s idea.


  4. When he was about 5 the Other One asked me about this. I told him the truth, briefly and very simply.He thought anout it for a moment then laughed and said “No, I don’t think that can be it” and changed the subject. He’s 25 now, so I’m guessing at some point somebody’s confirmed that, however unlikely it seems, that is actually what happens.


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