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This topic is adapted from the KidForward YouTube channel.

AJ and Dr. Carson (not a real doctor) talk about how babies are made.

[Related: Poop | Ask a Doctor]

Video Highlights:

  • Where do babies come from? Male sperm fertilizes a female egg, and new, unique cells are formed. These cells begin dividing. They form germ layers and begin folding over one another, forming organ systems as a new baby grows.
  • How does the sperm get to the egg? You should probably have a conversation with your parents about it! This is definitely not a time to Google an answer.
  • Why is baby-making called “the birds and the bees?” It’s hard to know when the phrase first came up, but basically it’s a way parents first talk about reproduction with young kids. All life, like birds and bees, reproduces somehow. We can see it all around us.

[External Resource: What is the ‘Birds and the Bees?’]

It’s not always easy to talk about tough topics, especially when the internet and friends seem like easier resources than our parents. But remember that you can and should have these talks with your parents first! If you have questions about “the birds and the bees,” maybe you should share this video with your parents and have a chat?

Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. “Where babies come from” is a topic a lot of parents have a hard time discussing with kids. Why do you think it might be hard for parents to talk to their kids about this?
  4. Why is it important for parents and kids to be able to trust each other when it comes to important conversations like this one?
  5. Do you think it’s important for parents to have conversations with their kids about this topic?
  6. If you had kids, how would you explain this topic to them? Explain.
  7. Do you think you’re ready to talk about this with your parents? Why or why not?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.