In the mall restroom, my eight year old daughter pointed at the tampon machine and asked, loudly,
"Mommy, what are those things with an upside down cross on them for? What are they doing in the candy machine?"
I heard some woman outright guffaw in her stall.
"Um, well.... you know......Well, I guess you don't really know....Ah, let's have a talk when we get home."
She shrugged her shoulders, raised her eyebrows and said,
When we arrived home, we found that we could not, in fact, make it up the final steep hill leading to our home. Stuck in the snow, with a set of broken chains, we had no choice but to hoof it up with all our groceries. The exhaustion of the ordeal and a last minute sleep over led to Alex and I not having our much anticipated discussion about the female reproductive cycle.
Tomorrow's the day. So, I'm up for some advice from the blog world. I have no problem discussing periods. It's the part that leads in to discussing the purpose behind the menstrual cycle. Fertilization. Sex. She's been asking some other interesting questions lately about the birth of humans and hamsters. She's wondering if hamsters have babies out of their necks.
She's not going to settle for vague answers this time. She's smart like that. And, I really want to make the discussion meaningful. I'd like to bond with her and avoid having her be like totally grossed out...