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Talking to Your Kids About Sex in 2010

The 2010 "Where Do Babies Come From?" Conversation

Where do babies come from isn't a simple conversation anymore. It's not always about a mom and a dad or a man and a woman since conception happens everywhere — in bedrooms, in hospitals, and laboratories. In some situations there's a doctor, a donor, a surrogate, or even an attorney involved. The birds and the bees have become a bit more complicated, but the sex talk still happens, and children inquire earlier. Kids are sharp, if you give them the 1950s spiel about a man loving a woman, they'll likely have more questions.

How did their friend with two dads come to be — is it time to talk surrogacy? Or what about the classmate who was adopted by a single mother? Fertility treatments are mainstream, should parents dole out the basics of IVF (In vitro fertilization) and IUI (intra-uterine insemination)? As medical breakthroughs continue there's even the prospect of a three-parent conception method, so where should the conversation with our children end? What will (did) you tell your kids?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I've been having this talk with my daughter a little bit at a time. She's asking questions, since one of my friends and my sister-in-law are both pregnant. She wanted to know whether or not the baby was in mom's tummy (no, it's in the uterus, a special organ for growing babies that makes mom look like she has a big tummy), and whether I would have any more babies (no no no no no).
blooditsnotfunny blooditsnotfunny 7 years
cute baby :)
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
That's a really cute picture! I will tell her the basics of 'when a dad and a mom really love each other' and answer the question she asks from there on depending on her age. Her cousin was conceived vi IVF and her I have close gay friends who plan to adopt someday, so other options of conception will be talked about someday...
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I think it depends on the age and maturity of the child.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
that baby is SO cute
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