Talking with your kids about sex and sexuality requires a deft touch - a kind of "finesse" if you will.
Or you could just handle it the way I do.
Yesterday, Gabriel stopped me in the kitchen as I gathered towels and sunscreen for the pool.
"Hey, dad. What's a condom?"
"A what?" I asked - even though I had heard the question clearly. I folded the terry cloth towels to buy myself some time.
"A condom," Gabriel answered. "I saw a commercial for condoms. What are they?"
I paused and looked at my ten year-old. I considered lying for a moment because that's...what's the word I'm looking for....easier.
"It's a piece of rubber that men wear on their penises so that the women won't get pregnant."
He considered this for a moment.
"We live in a really weird world."
"Yes, we do," I replied.