So we’ve had a few discussions about human reproduction lately with the older two boys using science books from the library. We’ve had some really great conversations. Not at all “scary.” In fact we take joy in teaching them about these things, knowing that we are teaching them that sex is not only a really neat and wonderful thing but that it’s not something that they have to be afraid to discuss with Mom and Dad. We are doing our best to teach them that it’s sacred and private but also not something about which they can never discuss their thoughts and feelings.
Tonight we were doing our after dinner scripture reading (we are trying to read a little bit of Proverbs after dinner each night) which we always close up with prayer, and the boys are starting to take turns praying. It’s so neat to see them growing in this way. Even our two year old wants to pray. Tonight his went something like this, “God, pray. God pray. I love you Daddy. Thank you ice cream. Pray. God. Pray. AMEN!!”
Our oldest was the last of the boys to pray. His went like this, “Dear God. Thank you for loving us. And thank you for my conscience. Thank you for our family. And thank you that Mom and Dad are together and got to help you make us with that process. Amen.” Then, leaning in my direction with his hand cupped at the side of his mouth, he suffixed his prayer with a quickly whispered aside to explain his prayer before Dad could open his mouth to pray, “You know. The reproduction thing.” We managed to keep our facial expressions limited to closed lipped smiles so as not to come off like the dear lady to the right.
Then Dad closed us in prayer.
I don’t know that I’ve ever heard any other 7 year old thank God for the wonder of reproduction! Really, it wasn’t shocking at all. Just incredibly cute.