5 difficult questions which make parents embarrassed while talking to their child


Parenting becomes a challenging job when your child is smart and too inquisitive about the things which he observes in the surroundings. Sometimes the questions put forth will be uncomfortable to answer, but you need to answer the child. There is no harm in giving a glimpse of the adult life to the child in the simplest language. If you try to avoid the question, the child will become more inquisitive and try to dig the information which you may not like it and the child may acquire more than the required information. You can find the 5 most difficult questions and how to answer without making the situation awkward.

  • Caught in the Act: Probably, this is the most embarrassing question of all. Experts say if you avoid sex conversation, children will develop a mindset that parents are hesitant and will have more questions.

Response: Depending upon the age and knowledge of the child, you can take a step to explain it. If it’s a toddler you can simply say, we were just playing. For older children, you can give a brief insight into sex and intercourse.

  • Where do babies come from: When they see new additions in the family, it is natural for children to wonder where these babies actually come from. Many children think babies have been brought from the hospital. Their innocent minds wander and get the most suitable response for themselves.

Response: Again depending upon the age of the child you can explain father and mother have thought of getting you a baby so you can play around. The explanation you give has a great impact on its mindset.

  • Puberty: The mid-school girls often hear this term, as it is the age to become a woman. In a house, the discussion makes both boys and girls inquisitive.

Response: Let the girl or boy know what puberty and menstruation are. It will help girls to be ready for the stage and do not get nervous when the actual bleeding starts.

  • Physical difference: Children see the world differently with their innocent minds. The physical difference in the private parts makes them think the reason behind it.

Response: You can discuss with your child that the genders male and female. The males i.e. boys will have a penis and females i.e. girls and these organs make them a boy or a girl.

  • Can I have boyfriend or girlfriend or can I get married: Children learn through actions and when they hear about GF or BF giving gifts, ice creams, dinners, etc, they will also be wanting to have one.

Response: Get your child’s response about his or her understanding of the topic and then you can take the conversation further. If it actually means nothing then it is easier to divert attention to better things. Teach your child about appropriate and inappropriate behavior.


Written by Renu Goyal

A Child Psychologist, founder of KIDicious – Learning Differently, a child psychological therapy clinic based in Delhi. Have written various articles relating to Child Psychology in magazines like Meri Saheli, Responsible parenting, Psyinsight etc. Presented many papers in national and international conferences.

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