“Mummy, where do babies come from?” A question that comes sooner or later and, if it catches us unawares, can be embarrassing for us. What do we do when this happens? Avoid the question? Make excuses? Explain it with metaphors at the risk of confusing them even more?
The most important thing is to assume that the time will come when the boy or girl will ask where babies come from; some will do it early and others later, but if we talk to them about it naturally from a young age, without downplaying it but also without making it a taboo subject, the child will find it easier to understand how babies are born when the time comes, which will depend on their level of maturity.
When children are born they don’t have any taboos or prejudices, so it’s important that we as adults don’t have them either, to avoid creating unnecessary confusion or concerns.
Despite this, our closest ally at times like this is undoubtedly a book, and if it deals with the issue with humor, simplicity and clarity, all the better.
At boolino we recommend a classic book that, for decades, has been explaining procreation and how babies all around the world are born, in a way that is humorous and doesn’t make a big fuss about it.
It’s ¿De dónde venimos? by Peter Mayle, illustrated by Arthur Robins and published by Maeva Young.
A book published in 1975 with the aim of explaining sex education from a perspective that is familiar and enjoyable for children, but certainly also very useful for adults.
The picture of the famous stork on the back cover, reading the same book, is a taste of what we will find inside: the destruction of absurd myths and large doses of humor.
The book begins with the opinions given to the author by some children when he asked them where they came from. The replies were outlandish: “I was a Christmas present from the elves” or “My daddy found me in the bar”, are just some of them.
It uses a language that is conversational, appropriate and honest and encourages the child to wonder about the changes that they see in their parents and to look at themselves to understand where children come from.
In a very gentle and concise way, step by step it explains the differences between their parents, the different body parts of men and women, love and how the sperm enters the egg, in a really funny way, with an extremely charming sperm who wears a hat creating “a tiny person” who, following the explicitly illustrated pregnancy, will become a baby and then a child.
A book with a poignant ending, based on gratitude towards the parents and having respect for the questions and natural curiosity of children.