More Adventures in Parenting: Bovine and Canine sex

My kids are definitely going through a stage of sexual awareness. I’ve had lots of interesting questions to deal with lately. Usually they happen when its just me and the kids, this one about the bulls happened while Ron was with us.

The scene: All four of us, driving into Edmonton, passing by a field full of cattle

Grant: Nicole, Nicole, look!! There are two bulls kissing!!
Nicole: (giggling) where?
Ron: Uh, bulls don’t kiss Grant
Grant: Look, over there, those two brown cows.
Ron: Cows are females, Bulls are males. You won’t see two bulls like that together with the cows.
Nicole: How come?
Me: (snickering to myself and thinking ‘oh good, let’s see how Dad handles this’)
Ron: They usually only put bulls with cows when they want to make calves
Nicole: Oh, how do cows get babies?
Ron: Well, (squirming) kind of like people do.
Nicole: Really? (Big eyes)
Me: What Dad means is most animals have a penis and vagina and make babies kind of like people do.
Nicole: (Thinking quietly for a few minutes)
Me: (Waiting for a zinger-it always comes after the ‘quiet thinking)
Nicole: So, how exactly does a bull make a cow get a baby. They have four legs!
Me: Well, usually with four legged animals, the male puts his front legs up over the back of the female and they fit together that way.
Ron: (uncomfortable gurgling noises) Loudly: anyone want to listen to the radio? Quickly turns the radio on .
Me: (smirking) not liking this topic honey?


The other day Grant says, out of the blue, “Mom, I want to get a girl dog”
Me: why?
Grant: So Casper and her can have babies.
Me: Casper can’t make a girl dog have babies any more.
Grant: Well, then I’d like them to have eggs.

(Apparently, I have some room for improvement as an educator!)

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One Response to More Adventures in Parenting: Bovine and Canine sex

  1. Kyahgirl says:

    Mom said,
    December 29, 2005 @ 1:32 pm · Edit

    You are doing fine as an educator
    We are enjoying the results!

    whinger said,
    December 29, 2005 @ 2:29 pm · Edit

    Please take pictures when the puppies hatch!

    Fred said,
    December 30, 2005 @ 7:29 am · Edit

    We all have room for improvement. That’s what makes it so much fun.

    Anonymous said,
    December 30, 2005 @ 7:58 am · Edit


    Why didn’t you tell me you changed your blog? I’m thinking you *died* or something!

    Okay, not really. I didn’t think you *died*. But I thought Canada lost the Internet, and then I realized how silly that thought was, but then I laughed because I know how you Canadians laugh at us from the US and how we think you all live in igloos with moose-hide doors. And, you know, justifiably so, because *some* of you live in those igloo things, right?

    Where was I?

    Happy New Year! and you’re not hiding from me, are you? Because I sent you an e-mail but you didn’t write back, and so that gave a little more credence to the Canada-has-lost-internet-connection theory.


    As usual, this particular blog entry (ha-ha, get it? entry?) was something that amused me because I can TOTALLY RELATE, as you well know.

    Hope you had a nice Christmas. Why didn’t you e-mail back? Is it true that Canada lost internet connectivity?


    Logophile said,
    December 30, 2005 @ 8:53 am · Edit

    Aaaaah yes, the joys of sex ed.
    Let me know if you get the dogs to hatch.

    Amber said,
    December 30, 2005 @ 8:56 am · Edit

    Ahhhhahahahahahahaaaaaa!! Your children must be a source of constant amusement. At least, they are to me. You handle those potentially awkward situations wonderfully.

    Happy New Year!!

    MHN for short said,
    January 1, 2006 @ 10:26 am · Edit

    Ah, the “sticky” questions. They are always such fun.

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