It's important for me to try and raise Henry in a way that teaches him to be responsible with his sexuality and to feel proud of his body and himself.
I stopped there because I've learned to just answer a little at a time. Usually Henry is content with a little answer.
It was so interesting to monitor my own level of discomfort. It was SO HARD talking about sex and reproduction with my child. And he's only four! I can imagine how much harder it's going to get as he gets older. It seems counterintuitive because you might think the discomfort comes from how young he is, but I don't think that's it. I think the discomfort comes from the lack of practice I've had with talking about sexuality in open and honest ways.
That's why I want to start now with Henry. I want to practice how to answer his questions without making him uncomfortable. Because I want to encourage him to always come to me with his questions.
Here's what Debra Haffner, the author of From Diapers to Dating, has to say about it:
First make sure you know what your child is really asking. You could start by asking, "Where do you think you came from?"