1.18.2009

What would YOU do?

I debated putting this post up, because it's a bit inappropriate, but it's kind of funny. Unfortunately 5th graders talk about LOTS of stuff, whether we like it or not. Especially when they have older siblings.

A friend of mine's 10 year old daughter came home from school the other day and asked a very surprising question.

"Mom, Elizabeth told me that there is this thing that a dad puts on his you know what if he's going to have sex with the mom and they don't want to have a baby. It's called a "Calm Down."

Whoa! Talk about whisper down the lane!!

How would you handle this?

I'll tell you what my friend said in the next post.


25 comments:

jenn said...

A Calm Down! I love it! It's scarily accurate, isn't it?

Actually, I'm pretty up front about these things. If they ask, I tell 'em. I do always caution them not to share info with other kids because every parent feels differently about when kids should know this stuff. Who am I kidding? They probably talk anyway.

On the other hand, I've had a couple of questions about things that I felt were way age-inappropriate, and I just do major gloss jobs over the question and divert them to another topic.

Ain't parenting FUN?

Melissa said...

I don't have kids (but I do teach health to 7 14 year olds, and we're doing sex ed. right now) and I think I would be honest. It seems that 5th grade is really young, but if that stuff is getting around, I'd rather my kid knew the facts.

so tired said...

I'm thinking that she has to tell her the truth. BUT, only offer as much as she has to. Only elaborate if the girl asks more questions.

Have to answer honestly. Otherwise it sets up a bad pattern and she'll go other places for her info.....

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Now THAT is funny! A Calm Down!

Mrs.D said...

Well, I remember finding out at lunchtime what a "boner" was in the 5th, lol. Some boys were laughing about it and I asked a friend on the swings at recess what they were talking about. She'd just found out too, and we were both shocked to hear what it was! lol.

So, I'd say it's best to spill it and let them hear it from you rather than on the playground.

Just Ask Beth said...

Holy SHITake mushroom! Honey it is a CONDOM not a CALM DOWN because if it were Calm we wouldn't need it now would we! LOL! tell the truth and explain, that believe it or not some people in their 30's who are not married have sex, I know I know you are suppose to wait for marriage, but in any event it protects you from diseaes that you can get. Diseases should stop the questioning and their need for sex. Nuff said!

Tara R. said...

I don't know, sounds like a good name for it. Bwahahaha!

WPMomOf2 (jen) said...

It's sad, but I guess today, more and more kids learn about sex at an early age. WE can thank the TV and Internet for that! :(

brown eyed girl said...

I think I'd tell the kids it's a condom and explain how it works. But I'd only do that with MY kids. With someone else's kids, I think I'd just let it be and then maybe later educate my own children about it.

I think that kids are learning these things at an earlier age and the more they know at an earlier age, the better protected they can be in the future when making decisions. I teach human sexuality at the college level and SO many kids are clueless about sex and believe so many myths.

I would worry that the kids would think that condoms are bad because a "Calm Down" means that having an erection is nothing desirable. There's two sides of the coin to that argument, but aren't there always? :)

Abbi said...

...lol!! i thingk that is soooo funny!
love the post!

Mrs. K said...

A calm down? WTF? how do they talk in that family? lol- funniest thing.

and the shirt

www.slamglam.com :)

Brie said...

yep that's right it's a calm down. Go play wii ;)

Mama Wheaton said...

We are very upfront at our house, so I would probably just state the obvious and move on.

Smart A$$ Mom said...

'Well, honey. Your friend is not completely correct and this isn't the time to discuss such things. Thank you for coming to me and trusting me to tell you the truth.'

And THEN I WOULD HAVE THAT OTHER MOM ON THE PHONE IN A NY SECOND!!!

Dr Zibbs said...

I say tell them but in a very scientific way.

goodmum said...

But if Calm Downs really DID calm things down, we wouldn't have to go through with "The Sex," would we? :)

Sorry for the intrusion. Saw you via MommyVents.

Sass said...

It makes me want to just run up to my husband and scream, "CALM DOWN. JUST CALM DOWN."

In fact, I think I'll go down that, just because he'll have no clue why.

:)

MommyTime said...

I have no idea what I would do in a situation like this -- though I suppose I only have five more years to figure it out! So I"m going to be interested in what you said.

Kate said...

This reminds me of when I explained to my girls (CAffeine Court remembers this) about getting their period. I told them not to share this with other kids that they will find out when their Moms are ready to tell them. They promised not to. Well minutes later they were picked up for CD classes (Christian Doctrine) not Calm Down . My friend said they no sooner got in the back of the station wagon when they announced that they just heard something sooooooo disgusting and repeated everything.

Karen said...

That is funny. I would think by 10 that kids know a little something about sex and safe sex and stuff.

I don't know. I think I knew about that stuff in 4th grade or so. Of course, mom was an OB/GYN so I pretty much always knew where babies came from. Maybe I was just progressive.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

OMG! So funny...I don't know what I'd say to that! I do think honesty is best though.

Kate said...

Too funny! My daughter (who was 3 at the time) grabbed a condom out of my dresser drawer and exclaimed "I spy something red!" She asked what it was. I told her that it was a condom. She said "Oh...ok." looked bored & threw it back in the drawer. I belive in giving truthful answers and answering only what is being asked at that moment!

Mark said...

Yes, sweetheart, it's called a calm down. Hilarious!
Thanks for getting back to me on where your friend got the cool tennis t-shirt.

adlibby said...

that's maybe a little more info than I want my kid sharing on the playground... sorry, reading this backwards. Haven't covered "calm down's" yet. tee hee tee hee

Lisa said...

Too funny!

 
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