I make it a habit to be as honest as I possibly can with my girls. Ok, there was that one time with the ice cream truck thing, but don't judge me. I share as much information as they need and as much as I feel their young minds can handle. I'd prefer that they hear the truth from Frank and I as opposed to being misinformed. I also want them to be absolutely comfortable asking any questions or talking to me or their dad about ANYTHING. If I feel that the conversation is inappropriate for their age, I express this but I also let them know that we can revisit the discussion at a later date of Mommy's choosing. I also make sure that they know not all conversations are not for public consumption meaning some should remain within the confines of our home.
So when Maya asked " Why does Ellen dress like a boy?" after watching and episode, I said "That's how she's comfortable. Just like you're comfortable wearing leggings, Ellen likes suits." Of course Marley jumps in with "Ellen's also married to a girl. Like Neil Patrick Harris is married to a man." This is what happens when your kid is obsessed with IMDB and knows who wrote, directed and starred in almost every TV show or movie she loves.
Maya: Ellen's married to a girl?!!! Why'd that happen?
Me: Well, you love who you love.
Maya: Ok. Mom let's make a video so that Marley and I can be YouTube sensations then
we can go on Ellen.
Or the time when Marley and Maya thought the lyrics to Maroon 5's "Would You Still Love Me?" were "If I showed you my thong, then I wouldn't be strong, tell me honestly would you still love me the same..."
Maya: Mom, what's a thong?
Me: It's adult underwear that you put on with certain outfits so your panty line doesn't show.
Maya: Do you have a thong?
Me: I may have a thong or 2.
Maya: Does daddy?
Me: Not too many men wear thongs and no daddy doesn't have one.
The song continues to come on and they still to sing it the way they like, with more emphasis on the word thong than. The funny think is that I sing it right along with them.
Or the time that Maya wanted to know where baby's come from.
Maya: Mom, what's a c-section?
Me: It's when the doctor cuts the baby out of the mom.
Maya: Did they have to cut Me, Marley and Mac out of you?
Maya: So how did we come out?
Me: Do you really want to know?
Me: Are you sure?
Me: It's not pretty.
Maya: Just tell me Mom.
Me: Well, when baby's don't get cut out of their mommy's belly's they come out of their vagina.
Maya: WHAT?!!!! I want to be a boy.
Maya: Because of that and because most boys don't have a lot of hair and they don't have to deep condition and comb it out. Wait, do some mom's poop when they push the baby out?
Me: Some do, but luckily you guys didn't have to worry about that.
Maya: Thank God but I'm still not having any children.
Me: That may change.
Maya: I don't think so.Or the time when Marley asked if Bruce Jenner and Caitlin Jenner were brother and sister.
Me: Well, as a matter of fact they're the same person.
Marley looked at me like "what the...?", then said: That's strange but you know what? They do look a lot alike.
The wonderful thing about children is that they internalize information in such an innocent way. It absolutely amazes me.