p>So the day finally arrived when they popped THE question. “Amma, how do babies get into your stomach?” Though I had prepared myself for just this moment, I went through the customary choking, coughing, gulping and mumbling unintelligibly before I was able to form a few coherent sentences.
Fortunately just a few weeks earlier, a friend had directed me to the book “Its NOT the Stork” by Robie H. Harris and I had picked it up at the Strand Book Fair. I had been thinking about how to approach the subject since my boys, at 5 and 7, seemed to be getting all sorts of (mis)information from their friends. So when the
question inevitably came, we sat down, I quickly fished out the book, and told them that we were going to find out together. They flipped through the book quietly at first, instantly honing in on the chapter on ‘What Girls Have’. After a bit, the questions started coming and I read out various sections that they were interested in and wanted to discuss. The book is very nicely illustrated, is appropriate for ages 4+ and you can choose the level of detail you’d like to go into, depending on their ages. While the main focus of the book is on kids learning the right names for the various body parts, how babies are made, how they grow inside the womb and how they come out, there are also a few sections about “good touch”, “bad touch”, different kinds of families, friends and growing up. Everything is gently and lovingly explained in simple, easy language.
So, no more excuses. Go out there, get the book and do the deed before they get their information elsewhere. While this does ease the process (for us parents), keep that
stiff drink handy – for afterwards.
Its NOT the Stork: A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley. Published by Candlewick Press. Available at most bookstores and online at Flipkart. Rs.760. I picked my copy up at the Strand Book Fair at a hefty discount.