When do you start educating your child abouth the birds and the bees?

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Edith - posted on 08/19/2011

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Thank you to all of you. I definetly will talk to them. I also feel it's important to tell them the fact yourself, instead of them hearing it at school the wrong way.

Jodi - posted on 08/18/2011

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Edith, I think at ages 10 and 8, you should really be talking to them. At that age, you would be surprised what they know!!

I have used a book with my son called "What Is Happening to Me" by Alex Firth. It is aimed at boys around that 8-12 year old range to talk to them about the changes in their body, and also about the purposes for that, including sex. It covers other issues, such as self esteem, changes that girls experience, STDs, relationships, all at an age appropriate level. I have found it to be a great help in talking to my boys.

Please don't leave it any later. Your boys are much better off hearing the facts from you than the "facts" in the school yard.

Tara - posted on 08/18/2011

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My girls are currently 3 1/2 and 22 months so I haven't had to deal with the school situation yet, but that is why I want to start educating them now - that way I know that they have the correct information, and that they will be comfortable enough to ask me questions if they hear "the facts" from other kids at school.

Edith - posted on 08/17/2011

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Thanks Tara, I agree totaly with you, my only concern is that in school there is so many children knowing way to much for their age and the facts is not always the right facts that they somewhat confuse the children. My oldest boy is now 10 and the youngest boy is 8, and sometimes I feel they know a little more than they should or what I think they should know.

Tara - posted on 08/17/2011

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I plan on teaching my girls in bits and pieces with age-appropriate info. Right now they know that boys and girls are different physically, that they have a vagina and vulva and boys have a penis and testicles. That's all they know right now and it is the only thing they have asked about

As they get older, I will fill in the blanks appropriately. I want to make sure they (A) know the proper names for their body parts (B) know about proper birth control (C) are comfortable coming to me or their father with questions and (D) understand that sex within a loving relationship is a natural, wonderful thing and value themselves enough to wait until they are in that kind of relationship

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