One of my favorite things about being pregnant for the second time is sharing the experience with my young son. We’ve read books, gone shopping for baby clothes, looked at ultrasound pictures, and enjoyed countless conversations about the baby and about his new, extremely important role as a big brother. However, his dad and I are being extra careful, too. We don’t want to overwhelm him, or bring up specific details he’s not yet ready for. That’s why I’ve come up with a few simple rules for talking to my kid about my pregnancy.
Granted, my son is not yet 3 years old, so he doesn’t exactly have a lot of conversations with people we don’t trust to be able to handle this kind of thing. Still, even trusted adults can put one of their well-meaning feet in their mouths sometimes (and in case you’re wondering, yes, “even trusted adults can put one of their well-meaning feet in their mouths sometimes” is a potential title for my upcoming memoir so please don’t steal it).
Plus, these adults don’t always spend a ton of time around kids my son’s age, or my son in particular, so they may not have a clear sense of what he is and isn’t ready for, or if concepts like “placenta smoothies” are fair game. So, in case you’re looking for a little guidance, here are some suggestions: