The other day as I was driving in the car, I had a thought provoking discussion with one of my kids:

Kid: “Do you ever stop and think why do we have nails?”

Me: “Not really.”

Kid: “It’s weird when you think about it, why do we only have nails grow on our fingers and toes and not anywhere else on our bodies?”

Me: “Hmmm.”

Kid: “And who thought it would be a good idea to paint nails to make them colourful in order to look pretty?”

Me: “Ummm, I don’t know.”

Kid: “And what even is the purpose of nails?”

Me: “We have them for scratching!”

Kid: “Oh”

Then, as all good parents do, I changed the topic of discussion to distract my child from such rambling thoughts that I had never even considered, let alone had any useful information to impart.

What strange conversations have you had with your kids?

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The other night as we drove home from a family dinner out to celebrate my daughter’s birthday, my son puffed up his chest and proudly announced to the car that he knows what a stiffy is! His older sisters all burst into laughter whilst my husband and I looked at each other trying to hide our smirking.

‘Oh right’ I mumbled nonchalantly. ‘You get it when you think about a woman,’ he added (much to the girl’s embarrassment and heightened hysterics). Not really knowing where this topic came from or where to steer it, I sat silently. Then he dropped the bombshell. ‘So Dad,’ he asked quite earnestly, ‘have you ever had a stiffy?’ 

How do you answer that? I took a sideways glance at my husband to see a look of embarrassment and sheer terror wash across his face as he sat there for a moment, taken aback by our son’s brash questioning.

Ever the master at diversion, he didn’t answer the question but asked instead ‘Who has been telling you about this? You know it’s not the sort of thing you should talk about in front of your sisters.’  Our son then divulged the source of his information (being a friend from school) before losing interest in the topic and singing along with a song on the radio.

Relief flooded through my husband as he dodged the bullet of having to answer such a direct question. Although I was hoping we have a few years before we need to have the birds and bees talk with our son, maybe due to schoolyard banter, it will be sooner than we thought.

When have you been put on the spot to answer a question that really embarrasses you?




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