This is a Woman

Having my children with me most of the time has given me the opportunity (and responsibility) to answer a lot of their questions -- even their more embarrassing questions. Recently, my kids asked me, with some giggling, if I where diaper pads sometimes. At first I answered no, but then, I realized what they meant.

Then, I explained to my 8-, 6-, 4-, and 2-year old children the beautiful process of menstruation. I told them about how the walls of the uterus gets thick to prepare for a baby. And about how the egg leaves one of the ovaries and the sperm comes in looking for an egg. And how when there is no fertilized egg, the lining goes back down to its thinner size until the next cycle.

They thought the way the blood comes out was kind of gross, like peeing on yourself, and they did ask me how the sperm could get in there. I simply explained that God made Mommies and Daddies to fit together in just the right way for this to happen. And they were fine with that.

At other times we've talked about the fact that Mommies and Daddies don't have to be married to make a baby -- in answer to their questions -- but that the normal way was for parents to be husband and wife. They've also asked about women marrying women and men marrying men and kids getting married.

This is homeschool. Answering questions together.

Why can't Charlotte be shirtless like us boys can? Why can't I kiss you like Daddy does? Do you have a penis, Mommy? Will I have breasts when I grow up? And did God make aliens? What do angels look like? How many legs do centipedes have? Where do girls pee out of? Why do I have to take baths? Is that a tarantula? Why do people do bad things? What happens when we die? What color do you get when you mix red and green? Why do I have to eat vegetables?