Is your answer to your 5-year old’s question about where babies come from a cute expression like “it’s something magical” or is it an accurate description of sexual intercourse? [Read more…]
When I began writing books about puberty for kids, I wrote my first book for young teens. I didn’t publish it because I realized that I should start at a younger age.
After much research and testing with kids and parents, I concluded that 5-7 years old is the most receptive age to teach them about their reproductive structures. [Read more…]
Recently my entire family went on vacation together, as we do each year.
This year, my son, two of his daughters (one pictured at right) and myself, even entered a group cooking competition at the camp! I won’t spoil the results, but I let you know in the video. [Read more…]
Probably the most important information that we can give our daughters is an understanding of their female anatomy. Because puberty can start as early as eight years old, your daughter may start noticing changes in her body while she’s still in elementary school. As she matures through puberty, the changes become more profound. Think about how it was for you. If you didn’t have a solid understanding of anatomy, you may have entered your reproductive years and either felt challenged about how not to get pregnant (or how to get pregnant) or uncertain about what was happening to you during pregnancy. Then, perimenopause comes, [Read more…]
Put simply, it’s easier to talk to kids about their bodies when they are young. Talking to a twelve-year-old about their body and talking to a five-year-old is a very different experience, especially if you want to teach them about their boy anatomy or girl anatomy. We all enjoy being around five-year-olds because they naturally ask questions about what they see and feel. This is a great age to introduce the correct terms and functions of relevant body parts. For example, when children ask where the baby is inside the mom, rather than saying the baby is inside of the mom’s stomach, you could say the baby is inside the mom’s uterus. Otherwise, children may be confused about how a baby got inside the stomach when they thought only food goes to the stomach.
When kids are young, you can have a “play date” with friends to teach basic anatomy concepts. [Read more…]