So you know I was all prepared for the questions I would get from children about sex. We determined to be open and use correct vocabulary. I don't think we've had issue with it.
Today, I was thrown for a loop, though. Mack was eating breakfast and said:
One thing I don't get is how moms know that they're not pregnant.
Yeah. I wasn't really expecting that one. So I'm quickly thinking about how I know that I'm not pregnant and trying to figure out how can I explain this to him in an age-appropriate way without giving him way too much information that he really doesn't know that he does not want to know right now?
I started with the safe information. I told him about my fertility chart (which is on the counter in my bathroom, which is the only bathroom he ever uses so I know he's seen it). That's safe. So I talked about how I take my temperature every day and I explained how the temps go up and down and up and down again every month. But when they stay up, then you are pregnant. But I was really chickening out from explaining the most obvious way a woman knows that she is not pregnant. So then I just reminded him about the woman's egg (he already knows you need an egg from a mother and sperm from the father--although now I'm thinking we should probably use ovum to avoid confusion...) and that each month the egg gets ready so it can be made into a baby. And if the egg is not made into a baby, then the egg doesn't work anymore and the woman's body gets rid of it. So when that happens, she knows she's not pregnant.
But honestly, I know he's picturing me sitting there laying an egg and saying "Well, hon, this one didn't turn into a baby."
So you have five seconds to type in an age-appropriate answer to an 8 year old. What would you say?