with Angella Dykstra
I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.
Check out my Work It, Mom! profile and my blog, Dutch Blitz.
When I was eleven years old, my body decided to respond to my female hormones and presented me with the gift of a monthly cycle. I still remember the first time I got my period; I called my Mom to come up to the bathroom, she took one look at the ‘evidence’ and asked, “Is that from YOU?”
Such a bonding moment, that.
She then took me out for lunch and talked to me about how boys were going to want to get into my pants (*cringe*) and how all that boys think about was sex (*ew*) and that if I didn’t want to get pregnant, I better keep said pants on (*MOM!*).
I had a bit of an idea what sex was - thanks to a friend showing me with a Barbie and Ken couple - but everything was still pretty vague at that point. And also, awkward. Talking about sex with your parents is horrifying, regardless of your age.
Now *I* am the Mom, and my oldest child, a son, is almost ten. (I still can’t believe that. DOUBLE DIGITS.) He’s only started having girl friends in the past year, and the bulk of his time is spent playing video games with his (male) buddies. He’s nowhere near being ready to date or anything, but I keep reading horrible statistics about how young kids are when they start having sex and it scares me a little.
Yes, we live in a close-knit community, and yes, we live so far out of town that my kids can’t sneak out to meet up with their friends (Yay!), but I know that we’re going to have to have “the talk” soon. My husband and I are affectionate with each other, the kids know that there is no stork that drops babies off, and that they entered the world via my private parts. I think that the technical details are pretty vague for them, still, so we’ll have to have a little scientific discussion. I just don’t it to be too soon … or too late.
How about you? When did you have “the talk” with your kids? If you haven’t had it yet, when do you think is a good time for it?
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