“I don’t know the question, but sex is definitely the answer.” ~ Woody Allen
There they go again. I mean, come on!! That’s three times today already. Don’t they have anything better to do than squawk and fornicate in front of everyone?
Apparently not. And this is that time of year, for Pete’s sake.
Such is the life of the birds in the late winter, early spring. Each time she’s ready to lay an egg, that egg must first be fertilized. She gives a special call to her mate; he flies in and satisfies her request. These Red-shouldered hawks are doing pretty much just that all today. Such a ruckus.
I wonder If I shot bird sex video, would DirtNKids lose its G-rating?
On a lighter note, here’s a video from way back before this blog was born. We enjoy watching little ones come up however we can, especially when they’re being reared in the garage. It’s reassuring for me that one day, my own little mess-makers will leave this home to go make messes for someone else instead.
The ‘Sex-Talk:’ Using The Non-Humans
Our world gives us the perfect start for this otherwise awkward and difficult conversation with our children. Kids are never quite fully prepared to see people in compromising positions of sexual intercourse — medical or no — or to view detailed depictions of human anatomy — medical or no.
Try using bugs and birds, dogs and cats instead. They never close the doors, welcoming chatty voyeurism by parents and children alike.
See just how quickly 7-yr-old Angie figured out what hijinx these two walking sticks were up to; she’s no dummy. After all, Mr. and Mrs. Dirt taught each of the four Kids about procreation through the natural world, and what each knows by the age of five on the subject of sex education could fill volumes.
Yes, Sweetie, insects, birds, reptiles, and all mammals enjoy this activity. Yes, even we humans, my Little One! How do you think it is you came to be? we say. No need to to give too much more information; they’ll connect the dots when their brains are fully ready to comprehend the necessity of the action.
We are also careful not to use words we wouldn’t want repeated in the grocery store line at full volume. These correct though hypertension-inducing sounds in the air should be introduced only once a child’s restraint is also fully in check. Stick with the silly labels instead; ‘ba-bahs,’ ‘bootie,’ ‘po-po,’ or privates are more likely to elicit giggles than sideways glances from complete strangers. When your child is mature enough — or when their peer group pressures them first — is generally the right time.
Before you know it, that same child becomes a 5th-grader and has already figured the rest out perfectly on his own without the awkward formal talk. Other details will be shared with him soon enough, but for now, the best way to prevent a tween from barging into your bedroom unasked when the door is closed is simply the knowledge by him that, yes, even Moms and Dads probably still do it too.
Unlike birds, though, we are apt to keep the doors closed — and locked — mostly for the tattle-tale 1st-grader who’s not so courteous. The teen who ‘might be scarred for life’ doesn’t even bother knocking on the door; he just waits until we emerge and tries not to think too much about what we may or may not be doing behind it.
Rest assured, though, Mama keeps the squawking to just barely audible.
She’s Not Laughing
What’re You Lookin’ At?
Babies Get A Meal
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Carolina Wren Fledglings
What’s your favorite way to keep the
sex conversation going with your kids?