Two weeks ago my 3-y-old asked me, “Mom where do babies come from?” In my head I was like nooo! It’s not time for the bird and bees talk yet I’m not ready to have this talk.
I smiled and said to her, “Baby girl, babies come from the mommy’s belly.” I was feeling pleased with myself thinking it was over then she said, “But how do they get in the belly?” I started to think of a way to explain it, then I did what any typical parent caught off guard with the bird-n-the bees talk would do. I took advantage of her short attention span and changed the subject.
I can’t remember my mom giving me the talk about the birds and the bees. Mine was more like a dangerously ominous sentence: ” If you ever come home with a belly…” If you have Caribbean parents you can fill in the blanks. The thing is I might have gotten by in this one instance with my 3-y-old but there will come a time when I’ll have to face the music, which brings me to this:
My heart sank. The chilling reality is that there is a more serious talk that we need to have with our children now and this talk cannot be sidelined for a more appropriate time, because the time has never been more appropriate to teach our children how to survive an encounter with a law enforcement officer.
I happened across this on Facebook and it left me a little broken. One of the biggest causes for anxiety for parents was the talk about the birds and the bees, now that has taken a backseat to this; a lingering fear that our children may be struck down by the bullet of the police.
It’s such a shame too, because not so long ago we taught our children that the police was their friend, the police was supposed to be there to serve and protect, but in recent times we’ve seen that not even our children are being spared by the long hands of the law.
Sadly, we must not only talk to our boys but make sure our girls are briefed as well, for some police officers these days (especially the trigger happy variety) respect little else than the color of a person’s skin and quite often if you’re not the ‘right color’ your goose just got cooked.
How will you prepare your child for the talk about staying alive?