Friday, December 29, 2006

The Dreaded Carpool Talk

This morning I was innocently driving my 7-year-old daughter, Chana, to school. Here's what transpired:

Chana: Where are babies kept when a mom is pregnant?

Me: ???

Chana: What part of the stomach?

Me: It's called a womb. Or a uterus. It's a part that women have that men don't.*

Chana: Oh.

Me: (whew!)

Chana: Are there any parts that men have that women don't?

Me: (!!!) Um, er, well, pretty much just the parts you already know about.

Chana: What do you mean?

Me: Have you been talking to Iguana?

Chana: What?

Me: Here we are at school! Have a great day! See you later! Love you!

*completely extraneous, possibly obvious, information that I should have not mentioned.


PsychoToddler said...


I think we should turn this into a feature.

Ralphie said...

I fear our daughters will do that for us.

Kiwi the Geek said...

Watch out, it's spreading!

Anonymous said...

The uterus, while located in the abdominal area, is NOT "part of the stomach." Is a fetus food?

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile my daughter (age 2.5) walks around saying "Abba has a penis".

PsychoToddler said...

Has she been reading Neil Kramer again?

Ralphie said...

anonymous: good job calling out my 7-year-old daughter on her anatomy ignorance. I think that was kind of why she was asking, smart guy.

PsychoToddler said...

Reminds me of an old Borsht belt joke:

There's a kid in kindergarten who keeps telling the teacher: "my momma's gonna have a baby!"

The teacher tries to get the kid to stop saying that and follow the class, but he just says it over and over all day.

Finally the teacher tells the mother what's going on in class. The mother takes the kid aside and talks to him, and let's him feel the kicking in her stomach, figuring he'll settle down.

The next day the kid says nothing, not a peep about the baby.

The teacher, curious, finally asks the kid, "how come you're not talking about your momma's new baby?"

"I think she ate him."

Kiwi the Geek said...

Most people I know use the word 'stomach' to also refer to the general area where the stomach is located. Even I'm not anal enough to object to that. ... Hey, somebody is more anal than me! Wow!

Ralphie said...

Most people I know use the word 'anal' to also refer to the general area where... ah, forget it.

Kiwi the Geek said...

Haha! I figure if the illustrious Dr. PT can say 'anal' for 'compulsive', I can too. ;o)

The Misanthrope said...

I used to get a kick out of telling daughter it was time for our talk about the birds and bees. She would turn white. Just kidding, I would say that is something you talk to your mother about.

Bkbuds said...

Hey, there's a great book out for kids called "It's Not the Stork" by Robie Harris, pub'd by Candlewick. It's a very frank and somewhat graphic book for ages 4-8 about body parts, their functions, where babies come from, etc. It won't make you squeamish, I promise.

On a funnier note, there's also "Where Willy Went" by Nicholas Allan about a sperm named Willy who preps for the Big Race from Mr. Brown to Mrs. Brown.

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