Where Did I Come From?


Where Did I Come From?
12 May 2015

In the last few weeks my biggest kid had started Prepare for Puberty classes at school. We all giggled about it together, but underneath the giggles I think both of us were slightly petrified.

When I was ‘preparing for puberty’ I was handed some pamphlets, these books and a giant packet of pads. That was my ‘talk’. I was totally freaked out, felt quite alone and was frozen by total embarrassment to even approach my mum about any concerns I had.

I want things to be different for my kids. I bought the books, we all read as kids, and took them on our recent road trip. 8 hours locked in the car, with your mum, with books on getting hair in weird spots and talking about what people do when they really love each other. Surprisingly they were pretty cool with this.

We talked about stuff. We laughed. We pointed at all the naughty bits. But what was so great, was they asked questions. They weren’t scared. They were slightly embarrassed, but not so much they couldn’t ask. Phew.

I have started to read a book about how to be the best for my girls in their teen years. It scares the crap out of me that I might mess up and be the root of some problem that surfaces later in their lives.

Just like the title of the book says, “Where Did I Come From?”, we are always coming from somewhere. It doesn’t end after you’re born. I am constantly looking back at where I came from to see how it has shaped the person I am right now.

Hopefully when my kids look back at where they came from, it will be more than just a sperm wearing a top hat.

Where Did I Come From? 1973

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  • Delima says:

    I wish I had a cute lil sperm with a rose and a jaunty top hat explain the facts of life to me!

  • Erin says:

    Well said!!

  • Good one Kate. Can you actually still buy this book? I am not sure if this is your old book or a new one? Either way…I am getting to this stage with my daughter also, but all of the books I have looked at just seem a little too advanced. But, perhaps not. Perhaps too much information is better than no information…as I remember from my childhood!

    • Lunch Lady says:

      I bought them both from eBay Jane. They are perfect for the first intro to all this business I think.

  • lesley says:

    Thanks for the reminder about this book! We used it when our girls were young….what’s the title of the book you’re reading for yourself Kate? are you finding it good? I’d like to get something for my daughter..as well as the “where did I come from?” book to help her with my grand daughters getting to this stage!

  • I’d completely forgotten these books existed – what a blast from the past!
    Take home message: say yes to helmets and no to hat wearing sperm.

  • Nadine says:

    Hi Kate, I would also love to know the name of the book you are reading about how to be the best mum you can be for your girls? Also, are there any books you recommend for parenting younger children as well?

  • kylie says:

    Cool post Kate – I bet your girls love having you as their mum.
    Looking forward to meeting you on the weekend!

  • Stephanie says:

    Interesting times I’m sure Kate! Thankfully we are not at this stage yet. Funny thing is we read those books when we were kids!! We still laugh about them today:)