It’s hard to pivot from airplanes to fertilization in a casual morning conversation about pregnancy and reproduction, and so we didn’t, electing instead to take the day and think about a strategy for explaining sex to our five year old. I asked friends on Instagram for answers, and got some good ideas. Mostly, they added up to “the truth”, but one friend put it very well:
“We gave [child who was Kina’s age] a very straightforward penis and vagina explanation, and then she would ask follow ups until she heard something she did not want to deal with.”
In short: Sexual awareness is a marathon, not a sprint, and every mile is full of grody stuff that will alternately fascinate and alarm your child until they have fully grasped that people do not become pregnant by flying to Pregnancy Island.