Parenting: The birds and the bees
April 27, 2012 (WPVI) -- Last week, the fifth graders at my son Micah's elementary school got "The Talk." You know, the "Birds and the Bees Talk" - girls in one room, boys in the other. They girls watched "From Girl to Woman" and the boys watched "From Boy to Man."
Parents had to sign permission slips beforehand, and we were invited to preview the educational materials that would be used in the sessions. Afterwards, worksheets were sent home so that we could review what the kids had discussed and answer any questions they might have.
Personally, I think it's great that the schools offer these sessions. Since some of Micah's friends are already shaving, maybe they should consider doing them earlier. In addition, Micah has two older brothers and spent two summers at overnight camp. I was pretty sure that he'd already heard most of what was being taught.
He's also had a couple of "talks" already with both his Dad and I. In our house, puberty and development have never been taboo issues. We treat it all pretty matter-of-factly.
I know for some parents, these issues are hard to discuss. Fortunately, the internet is a great resource, with ideas on how and when to approach these subjects. Among the helpful tips:
For more tips on discussing puberty with your pre-teen, consider these online articles:
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