Shocking ! 🙂
Well I got the opportunity to teach this very sensitive yet not to easy topic to my kids who are 6.5 and 5 now!
Last weekend I was waiting to watch the movie Dostana on Sony channel. I made early dinner and told my hubby to watch with kids. It was funny and we were laughing but my kids were not able to understand why mom and dad were laughing at times when there was nothing so funny!
When Abhishek’s mom Kiran fell unconscious after reading the gay couple application and after watching her son dance with a man, my older one asked me as to why did she faint?
Opps! ’cause I said , “Because she did not know her son was a ‘gay’ “!
Now, I had to explain the word ‘gay’ to him.
SO I asked both my kids, “DO you know a man and a woman gets married, and its called marriage?”
“Yes, like papa and you.”
“I am a girl and papa is a boy.”
“Yes, I know that”, both shouted back.
“But there are a few boys who like to marry a boy not a girl. ” I tried to be relaxed.
“Why ? ”
“Because their brain tells them ”
“So is something wrong with their brain?”
“No! Their brain likes different things.”
“That’s ok, if his brain says so.”
“Mom, but I will marry a girl? replied my younger son.
“Thats perfectly fine with me.” I replied again as cool as I could.
I am very pleased that I have sown the right seed into their inquisitive heads about a topic which I would have found difficulty teaching in their teens when hormonal surge would be inundating their emotional quotient more than logical reasoning.
Now we laugh and tease with no taboo on words like gay or homo. Both my kids treat these words as just another word. I am waiting to see the reaction on my friend’s faces if they are popped up this question by my kids! 🙂
Similarly I take other words and topics which parents are embarrassed to even mention of. It’s my believe that the best way to handle inhibitions are by talking about it more openly and casually. And the earlier we talk the better it is.
Things like girlfriend, boyfriend, love, marriage, sexuality, kiss and birth should be taught early with no silly explanation yet no gory details.
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