'You know Ai, the ear drum is only two centimeters inside the ear.' said my little boy at the dinner table this evening.
'Really? I didn't know that.'
'Yes. My teacher only told. And, therefore, you should never never put a stick inside the ear because the eardrum will break and it will be very painful.' he shudders for effect.
'Yes, you are right. Your teacher is a smart lady, she knows so much, na? What else did you learn in class today?' I am impressed at his ability to recall and vocalize all these details.
As usual, I get impressed too fast.
'And a little girl can have a little baby. A very small baby.' He shows his palm.
'No, Kiddo. Little girls cant have babies.'
'My teacher only told. You don't know, Ai. Its there in all the body parts. Its very small in a little girl.'
'No, Pavan, little girls cant give birth.'
'But my teacher told...'
'Your teacher told you wrong! Or you learnt it wrong, more likely.' Why was I shouting? Thankfully the phone rang and he ran to answer it.
Leaving me alone to ponder on an important parenting step.
Was it Dr. Spock who said that a question must be answered when it is asked? When it is so difficult to get him to understand phonetics of spelling, I am at a total loss as how to explain about the birds and bees.
Should I pass on the job to Papa?
Wouldn't it be better to do it together?
Oh, boy, we are going to have to prepare for this class. Anyone out there have any idea how to explain the facts of life to an eight year old?