The birds and the bees talk can be a cringe-worthy moment—for kids and parents alike—but, nevertheless, it is an important topic. How much information you should disclose to your children can often be a controversial subject, which is why author Fiona Katauskas is making headlines for her children’s sex-ed book, The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made. Let’s just say this book doesn’t shy away from sparing all the details of procreating, and some parents are freaking out. We will leave it up to you to decide if it is appropriate or not.
“It's one of the most amazing stories ever told—and it's true! Funny, frank and embarrassment-free, The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made gives a fresh take on the incredible tale of where we all come from,” according to Kmart.com.
The $12 book that sold in the children section of Kmarts across Australia doesn’t leave anything to the imagination from the text to the illustrations.
After one individual by the name of Auburn 2144 shared images of the book to Facebook with the caption, “Okaaaaayyyy...can someone please tell me why the hell is this sold in Kmart Australia under the kid's section? Look at the photos and the words!!Wtffffff???!” many people chimed in to share their distress over the matter.
“This is so bad,” said De Gullu.
“So wrong,” said Hazal SU.
“This is hell,” Tnuc Ognom
“Broooo wth is going on,” said Malik Koto.
But of course, the majority of comments were from parents who support the book and feel putting it all out on the table for your children is the best way to go.
“Oh no! How dare we teach children young about things that are important,” said Rebekah Lea Stanley
“Oh no! Not the words! She dared to use medically correct terms like 'vagina' and 'penis' when explaining how babies are made...oh the humanity,” said Kelly Ryerson.
“What is the problem? This is simply truthfully telling the facts of life so I am really struggling to see the issue... if you believe your child is too young to learn about this subject then don't buy the book it really is that simple. What is this world coming to when we are not educating our children on this simply because it is awkward or we think we are protecting them. Ignorance is not protection, truth is,” said Samantha Kavanagh.
And let’s not forget those comments that points out children shouldn’t be shopping alone in Kmart—the outrage is too real.
“If you don’t want your kids to read it, don’t buy it! I would hope if you are considering purchasing a book about reproduction for your child you would look through it first to check it meets your expectations and what you deem as appropriate. And if your child is shopping unsupervised in Kmart, you have may bigger issues than this book,” said Natali Mastroianni.
To conclude, we are all about promoting honesty as the best policy—experts suggest having a clear sex talk with children between the ages of four and eight, using real anatomy terms. But every parent has different comfort levels. If you're looking to purchase the book for your children, you can do so at Kmart.com.