Cameras in the delivery room are not a new thing. Countless parents are choosing to film the beautiful (and emotional, and let's be real, graphic) arrivals of their little ones to forever commemorate each and every detail of the process. But then, what do you do? When do you choose to view the birth video again? And better yet, when do you finally sit down and have your child watch their entrance into the world?
There's currently a video going around of an 8-year-old girl watching her birth video with her mom. It's sweet and beautiful and she has all the emotions, but the most interesting part is that she's able come out (no pun intended) seemingly unscathed. Sure, it's a precious moment shared between a mother and her daughter, and no doubt, one that they'll both remember forever. But let's just pause for a second and really think about when parents should be showing birth videos to their children.
Sex education classes begin, on average, in the fifth or sixth grade, when children are between 10 and 11 years old. They're just beginning to experience changes in their bodies and will soon go through puberty. It makes sense.
But does an 8-year-old, a third grader, mind you, really need to watch her arrival? Is this the best way to explain to the kid "where babies comes from"? Just plop them down on the couch and have them watch as their mother pains through their delivery?
Birthing videos are shocking enough, even when they're of a complete stranger, and viewed with a sex ed class full of prepubescent preteens. But when it's your own mother, writhing in pain and pushing you out, everything becomes just a tad bit more... real. And entirely jarring.
Sure, it's important for children to learn and understand how babies are created and how they're delivered. But a vivid moment like this might just be best saved for when she's a little bit more conscious of the entire process. Or for a time when she can maybe avoid mom for a little while. Looking her in the eyes after witnessing something like that might be a little rough. At least it would be for some of us.
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At what age would you let your child view their birthing video? Did you even film your child's birth?
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