A few weeks ago, after reading an article on Babble that featured a birthing doll, many of you had the same reaction I did…WTF? Not surprisingly, however, I got some feedback from a few of my free spirited Mom readers who were raving about this crocheted nightmare. It really got me thinking though…what was I so afraid of (aside from her missile-like breasts, knit and unkempt pubic hair, and the child emerging from her va-jay-jay that resembled Bert from Sesame Street)?
Well, clearly I’m just not mature enough (or brave enough) to use an unconventional method to teach my kids about sex…oh, God! One day I am going to have to have the talk. What’s the best approach? Because my kids are so young (currently all under six), I have plenty of time to prepare (I hope). I can tell you though, I may need some practice (and maturity) to use any of the following when it comes time to talk about the birds and the bees. Might I add, if you use or like any of these products, I’m totally happy for you. I’m glad you have something that works for you. I’m not judging, and we’ve already covered that I’m immature and these make me laugh so feel free to not email, comment or write me a letter.
Without further adieu, I present:
Top 5 Unconventional Sex Education Products/Methods
1a. Birthing Dolls: She’s baaaaaaaaack! In the event you missed this thing the first time around when I posted it on Facebook or recently when she graced my post, Be Afraid- Be Very Afraid, here she is one more time. Apparently, this doll retails for $150.00 on Etsy. Personally, this terrifies me on a number of levels and I can’t see using this for educational purposes, but hey if it works for you, God bless ya:
1b. Sex-Ed Dolls: Now maybe it’s just me, but so far I’ve only had discussions about human anatomy with my kids, but when they are old enough to have a sex talk, am I wrong in assuming they’ll be old enough not to need a doll to demonstrate anything? Plus, if you are going to have sex-ed dolls, can you at least have them take off their shoes? Come on! These gems come from Family Planning in Hong Kong.
3. Costume Demonstrations: I’m 100% certain I could not pull this off. Plus, I’m pretty sure this would do more harm than good. Although, some people are visual learners…
4. Old School- Going Vintage Method: I love all things vintage…well, almost all things vintage. Back then, ignorance was bliss.
I had the “Miracle of Life” which was shown in school when I was in 4th grade. I remember being horrified. I suppose even that is considered vintage considering that it was more than twenty years ago, but at least that had educational value. I haven’t read this book, but something tells me it can’t be good.
4. More Fun with toys: Again, how young are people sitting down and having a Sex-Ed talk with their kids? Maybe I need to adjust my timetable? Just like with the Potty Training Plush Poop & Pee, I’d never give this to one of my little kids. Why? Because this would turn into their favorite “I-have-to-take-it-everywhere-I-go” toy. I’m not willing to explain this to relative and strangers alike why my daughter is coddling a plush uterus & ovaries when we’re out in public.
5. Comedy: Sure I use jokes and comedy to lighten the mood here, and I cannot wait until my kids are old enough to enjoy movies and TV shows with me (Joey and I recently watched “Spaceballs” together & it was awesome), but when the time comes for “the talk” I’ll be serious (I swear). We can laugh together later at stuff like this, but I’ll avoid using it for educational purposes:
Got any unconventional methods you’d like to share with the class? Agree with my list or think I need to start thinking outside the box (get it?)?? Leave me a comment & feel free to share!