Love & Sex Week: What’s The Most Awkward Sex Talk You’ve Ever Had?

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sexHere at Mommyish, we believe in having open and frank discussion with our children about sex. Of course, that’s easy to say since our kids are mostly toddlers still, but you’d be surprised by what comes out of a 5-year-old’s mouth.

For example, one friend was feeling rather proud for explaining to her young son, when he asked how babies are made, “The daddy plants a seed in the mommy and it grows inside the mommy’s womb [pointing to stomach].” That seemed to satisfy him ’til, several months later, he blurted out during dinner, “But, mommy, which private part does the daddy put in the mommy to make the seed grow? Like, is it bum? Breasts? Penis? And how long does it take to plant?” (Uh, around seven minutes, honey.)

Most moms I know aren’t embarrassed to answer these very legitimate questions – they’re just terrified of getting it wrong! (For instance, they’re worried about giving too much information to a child who’s not yet ready to absorb it.) Other parents are forced into having a sex talk when they least expect it because a) their kid just walked in on them having sex or b) their kid just found their vibrator (or “massage stick,” as one Mommyish writer likes to call it).

Of course, most of us can remember being children ourselves and having that mortifying sex talk with our own parents. (“My mother tried to give me the sex talk when I was 23,” revealed one colleague – and she wasn’t joking!)

As we approach Valentine’s Day, we’ll be running a special “Love & Sex”-themed week here on Mommyish beginning February 8. And we’d love to hear from you! What’s the most awkward sex talk you’ve ever had? Remember: this can be a talk you’ve had with our own children – toddlers, teens and beyond – or a talk you remember having with your own parents growing up.

Please submit your most awkward/embarrassing “sex talk” tales to us at entries[AT]mommyish[dot]com. We’ll be running the best stories throughout the week, so stay tuned!

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  1. CW

    February 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Not exactly a sex talk, but after my son watched his little sister being born, I had to correct his misimpression that the baby came out of my butt.

  2. OceanStar

    February 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I asked my poor mom lots of questions about sex as a little one. I specifically recall asking her how long sex took. Without hesitation or extra thought she replied, “20 minutes”. As an adult, I still chuckle about this. And then I was the devil child who went around telling other people’s children about the birds and bees. My parents were not pleased.

  3. Katie

    February 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Ahhh….Family Game Night. My mother actually had a board game called “Puberty 101”. We all sat around the table one day and she brought out this game. My dad, brother, my mother, and I all played this game and discussed the questions at length. After my first son was born- she passed the game on to me.

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