We were riding in the man-van the other day and, out of the blue, Isaac asked me for the definition of sex. Well, I knew it was coming but I wasn’t sure when it would present itself. I am not timid about telling him what I know (which may not take too long) but I didn’t want to tell him anything that was not age-appropriate.
I started by asking where he heard the word. He said, “I think I heard it at summer camp from some of my friends.” Dang, I wanted my kid to be the one to share stuff with friends so that they had to talk with their parents. “Well, Isaac, sex can mean boy or girl.” He replied, “Yeah Dad, I know that one.”
He has started to hear boys talk about girls being cute or hot so I tried that route, “Sometimes, when people get older, they say that someone who is cute is sexy.” Of course, he was familiar with that one too. I guess now is the time to spill my guts.
“Isaac, sex can also mean when a mom and a dad get together and make a baby.” We went into a number of age-appropriate details and he seemed genuinely interested. At the end however, he said, “That’s interesting Dad, but that’s not the definition I needed either. I guess I’ll just go look it up in the dictionary.” I tried my very hardest not to laugh out loud but that’s good stuff!
It turns out that we were listening to a station on xm radio, our satellite radio provider. For some reason, one of the DJs said something like, “…and next on sex-m radio…” Isaac heard that and thought there must be another definition for sex. And I signed up for xm originally because there were no DJs…