The facts of life
Its THE fact of life. Without it, none of us would be here. And kids that grow up on a ranch see life "as it is created" so to speak. They see the full circle: creation, birth, growth and death. And as preschoolers, my kids started to ask questions... LOTS of questions! Sometimes the answers are easy and sometimes they are a bit more difficult. My husband and I, both being animal science majors in college, decided it best to be completely honest with our kids about the facts of life, and always use the proper terminology when answering questions. This was all fine and dandy until they started going to school. Even though we have explained to our kids that they don't have to share EVERYTHING that happens on the ranch, for an excited 5 year old, the mouth filter does not always work. I remember having some very blunt conversations with teachers that went something like this:
"We tested bulls yesterday, so if my son starts talking about semen or testicle size, please re-direct the conversation and think nothing of it."
"We AI'd over the weekend, so just in case my son mentions breeding, vulvas or fertilization..."
You get the picture. Any other ranch moms out there that can relate?
"the goody bag" = the water bag that shows during labor
"ha cow" = 3 year old's term for a hot cow, or cow in heat.
"china" = where the calf comes out
"sumbich" = when a cow is in need of assistance during the birthing process, but she is NOT cooperating!
"swimmers" = semen (super fun to view under a microscope with the assistance of a veterinarian)
"teaps" = teats on an udder
"looks like she's bred" = term for any obviously pregnant woman you see in town