Trigger warning – sexual abuse.
J’s favourite book at the moment is ‘The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made’ by Fiona Katauskas. She first had it read to her when she was four and she’s asked me to read it to her more than any other book we own. It’s an awesome book and I highly recommend it. It provides a simple, no-nonsense explanation of the differences between boys’ and girls’ bodies, how bodies change with age, the function of reproductive organs, how a sperm meets an egg, the development of the baby in the uterus, how a baby is born, and how a baby is fed. It covers puberty, sex, IVF, egg and sperm donation, vaginal and caesarian birth, and breast and bottle feeding. The illustrations are warm and relatable.
All the body parts in the book are referred to by their proper names accompanied by illustrated diagrams. It’s the completely embarrassment-free way to teach your kids about their genitals, which is one of the things you can do to help protect your child from sexual abuse. See the link below for more things you can do – Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse, published by the Government of South Australia.
J is just fascinated with how babies are made at the moment and we’ve had some cool discussions following reading the book. At first she wanted to know where she could meet someone to make a baby with. She thought maybe she could make a baby with T or with Daddy so we talked about needing to find someone you’re not related to but who you love very much. One night as we were lying in bed getting ready for sleep, she started asking me if I would have been sad if I had been unable to make a baby. I told her that of course I would have been because I wanted her so much. Then we discussed how some people can’t make a baby because the sperm can’t swim well enough to reach the egg and J said “but what if the sperm had a rocket booster? It could whoosh right up to the egg”! Hahaha! The other day she did a drawing outside on the ground with chalk of a sperm swimming towards the egg. I’m sure we’ll be having many more discussions on the topic.