Oh what a funny night we had last night. And I needed a good laugh too. I put Clancy to bed early and Mr Chardy, the 2 older boys and I all enjoyed some steak and salad. Mr Chardy & I swapped roles. I had already cooked the steak so he made the salad while the boys and I sat around the bench and chatted. I thought it would be as good a time as any (while Harry was sitting there nearly naked with just a towel around himself) to remind the boys that they should never show their doodles to anyone nor is it ok for ANYONE to ever touch it or do anything inappropriate. Then I found Dr Rosie Kings voice echoing in my ears, telling me to use the correct terms. You see we had Dr Rosie at Barkly Women’s Day a couple of years ago as a guest speaker and she told us just this. So of course I had to say “penis”…. I told them there was nothing funny about it, it was just a word like head or arm or hand…….but Harry couldn’t control his laughter. O dear lord he was giggling uncontrollably, which made Tom start. I was trying so hard to be serious and act like it was no big deal, trying to keep a straight face. But Harry’s laughter was infectious, I couldn’t help myself, I too burst out laughing while saying “penis penis penis”, which made Harry laugh even harder. Oh it was so funny. But serious at the same time, any chance I get I try to remind my kids that it is private and that it is not for anyone to make them feel uncomfortable. Dr Rosie King told us we should do this and that woman is a legend so I am going with it.
In the end there were all sorts of words flying around – penis, scrotum, balls, nuts, testicles – they were all there. I told the boys “it is no wonder I am such a nut case – I live in a house full of nuts”. All of the Mum’s out there who have a house full of boys will understand. Please tell me I am not crazy, or “nuts”!!!!
Then Harry mentioned the Stallions well endowed (is that even how you spell that word??) package which caused roars of laughter. They then proceeded to tell me that while they were out in the paddock with Mr Chardy they saw a calf being born and hung around (ha ha ha – hung around…..sorry, couldn’t help myself) to watch it start to walk.
We then moved to the dining table and enjoyed a lovely dinner, while still laughing about the penis. Harry had some sausage (which Marty may or may not have put up to his head like a you know what – causing even more laughter) a bit of steak and the worlds smallest piece of lettuce. I am really not sure how that child survives.
After dinner we cleaned up and played a sensible game of Trouble, which Harry won.
We put the kids to bed and I noticed that Upper Middle Bogan was on the ABC. God that show makes me laugh. They really are such bogans, but so bloody funny. And it was quite fitting that it was all about discussing sex in front of the children – and after our conversation with the children earlier that night I thought it was quite hilarious. Did you watch it?
No photos to go with this post, I was too busy laughing with the kids – about time I took a chill pill and just enjoyed life.
So tell me – do you approach this subject with your young children? Would you like to share with us how you go about it?
In all seriousness I think it is so important, especially with my boys heading off to boarding school in the near future. I take any opportunity I can get to drum it into them. I don’t care if it embarrasses them, I don’t want them to think we can’t talk about these things.