Okay so my day consisted completely of babysitting and homework today. But I had one interesting thing happen in it. The little I babysit who is eleven years old and her friend who is likely ten were watching a movie called "Switched" about a guy best friend who switches his girl best friends sperm donor cup with his own sperm. So kind of awkward chick flick already to be watching with preteens and I'm just praying there is no nudity or sex scene because Mom hadn't seen it before and she was counting on me to be parental control. I was prepared for squeals of "gross" "yuck!" and such about the idea of sperm, but I was not ready for this question: "What is sperm?" that comes from the bff of my charge.
First off I was blown away a bit that she didn't know what it was, but then reminded myself that kids don't get the sex talk in school until 7th grade and that 5th graders only get the puberty talk. I got my first sex talk really early in life because I was confused by a friend's older sister who tried to give me the sex talk. An here I was trying not to have this talk with this little girl (not my place) and still answering her question. I think I said that it was "white stuff a guy gave to a girl to help her have a baby", in which her response was "They pee in you?" While trying not giggle I answered "no, it different stuff."
Luckily my charge who had not said a word since her friends question, interrupted us and asked if we wanted to play outside. Hugely relieved I said yes and we went outside, turning off the movie.
SOOO yeah, that was my day.
When do you think it is appropriate that kids get "the talk" ?