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We all like surprises. We all like to laugh. When you combine these two together under the banner of some of life’s most basic questions, you have something special.

This is what my wife and I experienced on Saturday night.

We were outside at a mall here in Omaha. My wife was feeding our new baby boy as we sat and talked together on a bench.

Then we met this interesting young man. He was probably about 10. By all accounts, he was very bright. He was also very curious.

He marched up to my wife and I and exclaimed, “Oh, a baby!” He was clearly drawn to our son’s awesomeness (and smallness).

Then it happened.

The young man exlaimed (boy): “WHAT is he doing to you!”

My wife answered (CR): “He is eating.”

boy: “Eating what?!”

cr: “Milk.”

boy: “HOW!?”

At this point his Dad found him. He grabbed him by the arm and told him to get going. The boy wrestled free.

boy: “Why doesn’t he look like me?” (the young boy was Asian. of all the questions this one actually caught us the most off guard.)

Then the dad grabbed him by the arm, uncomfortably smiling at us and tried to bring him with him. However, the young curious boy sensing he was onto something big with us managed to wrestle free. He yelled one last question at us, “Is the milk in males to or females only!”

My wife graciously asuaged his concerns and curiosity with the correct answer.

Then we sat and rehashed the funny conversation. Within minutes he was back. This time I managed to snap a video of it (I apologize I can’t edit the video on my phone).

Notice my wife’s persistence in breaking down milk ducts for the boy. No doubt he felt like he was about to get all of the answers he ever wanted he asked the grand daddy question of them all. I love my wife’s response.

This is classic. It is a great reminder for parents to be talking to their kids, because, evidently, they do have questions. It is also evident that they will go and ask other people if you won’t tell them.

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13 thoughts on “Why you need to have *that* talk with your kids regularly”

  1. donsands says:

    That was great. What a pleasant lad. It’s difficult to talk about somethings in life, isn’t it. I’m quite shy when it comes to these kinds of topics. May our Lord help me overcome.

  2. Janet says:

    That is terrific! I love your wife`s responses – especially, `now that`s a question for your daddy.`

    Made my day. :D

  3. Wise says:

    He was so well spoken, I thought him to be a man. I’m sure you have this put away in your illustration lock box.

    1. Erik says:

      It is in the illustration box. Don’t know how to bring it out though. Everyone dies laughing.

  4. “Now that’s a question for your daddy…” LOL

    That was great. Thanks for sharing and giving my wife and I a good belly laugh. Your wife handled those questions really well.

  5. Matt says:

    I think you should know this, in case you are ever accosted by another child while your wife is feeding a baby, that men can indeed lactate. A doctor friend of mine confirmed this, but I am in no way condoning such action (especially since I have a one-month old myself right now!)

    1. Erik says:

      I don’t even know how to begin to process that. ;)

  6. Aimee Byrd says:

    Wow! I was usually asked the “milk” questions by three year olds. That boy looked kind of old. It is so true that they are going to seek answers from someone else if we parents don’t talk to our kids about “those” questions. Thakfully, that little boy had your wife!

    1. Erik says:

      Yes. Christie is very gracious!

  7. AJ Mathew says:

    Wow, that was fun! God bless to both of you and the 6 little ones. Wow on that front too!!

  8. Dave says:

    Funny thing is, for all his questions, he probably could’ve edited your video without even thinking about it.

    1. Erik says:

      You are probably right.

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Erik Raymond is senior pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Ne. He and his wife Christie have six children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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