Where Do Babies Come From

by pastortimfowler

The other day I received a note from one of the mom’s at our church who was telling me that her child was asking that scary question of where do babies come from. Most parents face that question and fear that they will say the wrong thing that will scare their child away from ever having children and therefore the world’s population will gradually decrease until there are no people left on earth. Right?
I have heard some really weird answers to that question. The one I dislike the most is the stork. Storks are not baby carriers. They do not have the neck muscles that would be needed for such a task. Even if they did, their skinny legs would snap upon landing and if that happened around a pond or river, like where you see most storks, then the baby is likely to float off and be raised by a family of wolves or snapping turtles.

My parents told me that I was found under a cabbage leaf. I thought that this was a good explanation until I was old enough to actually smell cabbage cooking and see where it came from. If you have never smelled cabbage cooking, then you can’t understand this. It stinks! No baby would ever be found near something that has the capability of stinking so much while it is being cooked. The other problem with this is that cabbage is grown in open gardens in dirt. This leaves the possibility of the baby being carried away by deer or rabbits and then growing up thinking it is okay to jump in front of moving cars, or to be sucked into the ground by worms.
Most parents who are shooting for the honesty thing tell their children that babies come from mommy’s belly. That is not true because that is only where the baby stays until it is time to be born, meaning it had to have been put there somehow. Kids are not that stupid and will eventually ask about this.
Many kids are told that the doctor put the baby there to grow and will take it out when it is ready. I would never let my wife go back to the doctor that put a baby in her belly because I know the truth. Secondly, not all babies come out of the belly directly. It is only in recent modern medical history that this could be true. The caesarean birth is not the original way for babies to get out and thus we are stretching the truth a bit if that is all we tell the children.
That leaves telling the children about sex as an option. Then we have to decide if it is worth the anxiety this causes us. Most kids don’t really care about the mechanics of sex, but for some reason we think that we need to get way more graphic than we should, causing anxiety, and resulting in us saying something like, “the stork brings them”.
Christians default to God as the one who puts babies in bellies. This would be fine if we are talking about Mary, the mother of Jesus, but most of us did not marry, Mary. The Bible does say that all children are a gift from God, but He allows us to have a bit of fun to make those gifts. So what now? What are we going to tell those pesky little kids who ask those tough questions?
Much is dependent on how old they are when they ask. If they were below the age of 12, I told my kids to go ask their mother. If they were over they age of 12, I told them that this was so important that it would require us to spend two or three hours a day together talking for a few months, at least. That sent them running to play video games and me never having to talk to them again about anything serious.
Seriously, unless you want your child learning from his or her older, “smart” friend, the best thing that you can do is tell them the truth and keep it age appropriate. Most kids who grow up to be adults figure out where babies come from, but sadly they go through much unnecessary experimenting to find out. The Bible is full of examples of people having sex in order to create a baby. That might be a great place to start, reading the Bible. Whoda thunk it?
Do not be afraid to answer the question, where do babies come from?

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