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|Sat, 05-17-2003 - 4:37pm|
"What do you think is a good age for the puberty presentation at school? There was a letter to the editor in today's local paper about a woman who was outraged because he 4th grade son had been exposed to this type of presentation. She claimed that these 9- and 10-yo children that still played with toys and wanted their mommies were much to young to hear about pubic hair and erections! She thought that beginning sex ed should be in jr. high or high school!!
While I definitely think the sex talk should begin at home and be ongoing from the time kids are little I see no problem with a tastefully done program at school. Both of my boys had it at the beginning of 5th grade, boys in one room learning 'All About Matthew', girls in another learning 'All About Mary' with same-sex parents invited - dh went each time. I think that age is about right, at least for boys. Some of the moms of girls said by then (the girls being 10 or 11) it's almost a bit late. I don't think they need an in-depth sex ed course at school at this age but the puberty thing and basics of sperm and egg I see no problem with."
Okay, I know that to some 9-yo may seem pretty young, but, I think they need to know what's happening with their bodies. Girls are starting menses much earlier than you and I did. I think I was 12. And, boys need to know that those 'wet' feelings (nocturnal emissions) they have are a normal part of developing! Carl had Mom & Dad to talk to him, but many of his classmates, girls & boys, parents' couldn't or wouldn't talk with their kids.
What age did you learn about puberty? What age did your children? If your children aren't near that age yet, when would you talk to them? Did you learn at school, from friends, or from your family?