Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s eldest daughter is only five but they decided it was time to have “the talk” with her after she asked a question many parents dread answering.
Bell said her daughter, Lincoln, asked, “Where do babies come from?” And the parents instantly decided it was time for “real talk.”
Shepard told host Ellen DeGeneres:
“We went through the anatomy. Penis, vagina, ovum, sperm. We’re laying it all out. We get right to the action.”
Bell cut in, adding:
“Right to the good part. And she’s like (irritated) ‘Okay, I gotta go outside.’ And she just left.”
“Yeah, she bailed. She knows all the organs but when it got to the actual nuts and bolts of the operation…”
The mom concluded, “We bored her to death.”
The correct age to start having the “birds and bees” talk with children varies from expert to expert, but most seem to agree that it’s best to start young.
Louanne Cole Weston, Ph.D., told WebMD that you should start incorporating the proper names for private parts into their vocabulary when they’re still developing their language skills.
And when they ask honest questions, give honest answers. She wrote:
If you talk about sexual matters from the beginning of a child’s use of language, there never needs to be the big “birds and bees talk.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states, “It’s never too early to start talking to children about their bodies.”
But at the end of the day, it’s up to parents to decide what age they think is best.