The Birds and the Bees
My first baby (she was just born a couple of years ago...) is 8 1/2. That 1/2 is all important at this age. My BABY came to me the other day to ask about the little plastic bracelets. She was informed by those 'in the know' on the block (a 9 y/old girl) that these little plastic bracelets have meaning. The different colors symbolize different sexual activities that the one who wears them has participated in. Is that wild, or what? What is with these young girls? Not necessarily what's with the 9 y/olds talking about it (bad enough) - but what's with the girls who wear these bracelets? They're lost!
I told her that sometimes a bracelet is just a bracelet. Well - she hasn't heard of Freud yet - so it was then that I decided it was time for 'THE TALK'. The experts say that you should just wait until your children ask you about it. Aside from asking where the baby comes from (the uterus in my tummy, dear) she never asked much of anything else. *I* certainly was curious about just how that baby got in there when I was younger. Couldn't ask though - God Forbid!
We went shopping for a book. I don't know HOW to have the talk - so we went and bought a book. It's a cute little book called 'The Care and Keeping of You' and it can be found in the American Girl catalogs as well as at bookstores. (LOVE American Girl - especially Bitty Baby..) It goes into changes that we all go through. You know - THOSE changes. Anyhoo - after we looked through the book together and talked about it - papa explained the nuts and bolts. You know - the NUTS and BOLTS. She almost busted out laughing at him.
We also told her that only married people should do it. LOL! Oh Lord - that was wrong I know coming from her parents who didn't get re-married until she was 1. (Yes - Grizzly divorced him once) But she's only 8 for God's sake. We told her that the girls who wear the bracelets to show sexual activity are girls she needs to strive NOT to be like.
Then papa said she had to go to the nunnery. I told her NO NUNNERY! Just watch y'self out there - some people will try to take advantage. Don't let them and tell Grizzly Mama EVERYTHING!!!
I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. God bless America!