Wednesday Wondering~How Much Do Your Kids Know About The Birds & The Bees?

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Wednesday Wondering~How Much Do Your Kids Know About The Birds & The Bees?
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Wed, 03-23-2011 - 9:46am

I was Wednesday Wondering...

Do you think kids these days know a little bit more about the birds and the bees at this age than we did?

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Talon has certainly been told more then he has retained. We are pretty frank with him about anything he shows curiosity toward, but we still sometimes get confused information out of him. About a month ago while in the car with Daddy he asked "Why does my penis get hard when I think about sex and stuff?" Dad gave him an explanation that it was normal, and not to play with it. If he is uncomfortable to excuse himdelf to the bathroom and adjust himself there. About a week after that while we were all in the car (on his 11th b-day) he asked "When will I start my period?" This elicited great amusement from everyone. He was also caught with a scrap of paper in his room with "www.girlsgonewild.com" written on it. Luckily our child and family filters are very good. He is certainly curious at this point, and at that point I feel it needs to be adressed by mom and dad before he starts looking elsewhere.
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the last part had me cracking up! LOL about the ducks and geese.

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My daughter is 12 and knows quite a lot. We started talking about puberty when she was 8 or 9 and I bought her the American Girl book shortly after that. I think she was around the same age when I explained the basic mechanics of sex. (Her response: "Eww! All my children are going to be adopted!" LOL) I didn't go into any more detail on that topic for a while, but last year I bought her a book, which I think is called "It's Perfectly Normal," that covers everything in a very straightforward and easy-to-understand way. I really wanted her to have the accurate facts, because I remember the crazy misinformation that kids were spreading on the playground and at sleepovers when I was her age--luckily, I had a mother who also believed in educating early and often, so I was well informed and didn't buy into it.
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Registered: 05-02-2004

I just gave the same book to my daughter who is 11.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
I didn't know American Girl had a book like that, very neat.

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Registered: 04-05-2003

I have told my oldest dd10/5th grade quite a bit.

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Registered: 05-28-2005

I'm not ready for the topic but I can see that as they move to middle school the timing is probably right.

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Registered: 07-25-2007

I think with him being adopted, a lot of our discusisons came up

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We've never gone that in depth but things like 'when you grow up, get married and have a baby' have been brought up :) I really want to stress those things to Nathaniel. I didn't have those things stressed to me and I wish that I had. I was not 'loose' by anymeans, my first partner was my BF of a year but shortly after we broke up. I wish I had waited for my next BF which is my now DH. I wish someone had told me that it should be about love and being with someone you will be with for the rest of your life.

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How do you feel about it being discussed in 5th grade? It really scares me to think about it b/c my son is in 4th grade now. I tend to lean towards it shouldn't be discussed until more of 6th and 7th grade.

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