If you’re a mom in her 40s and have a daughter in her early teens and in puberty, you may have noticed some similarities between what you and her are experiencing at the same time.
Each family is unique in how they talk to their sons about reproduction. Until they are about 15 years old, the focus is usually on the changes that are happening to them during puberty. But, now that puberty is over, it is time to continue those discussions by including information about how it is different for girls. [Read more…]
If you homeschool your daughter, or you have chosen not to have her participate in the school presentation about puberty, I have an alternative that will help prepare her for her first period.
When your adolescent son becomes 13 years or older, it is time for him to learn more about reproduction. The biology will be interesting to him because now he will begin to understand how the girl’s reproductive system works. I think most adolescents are interested in learning the other side of the story, and teaching them the basic biology is the way to begin.
When helping your daughter understand how puberty is different for a boy, it is helpful to show common pathways. For example, eggs are produced in the ovaries and sperm are produced in the testicles. They both leave and follow along inside a tube to get to their destination.