Our goal is that children everywhere will have the knowledge to make
wise choices in the care of their bodies.
This guiding philosophy has motivated Dr. Metten to not only create this series of books, but also to create tips for parents to support them in guiding their children.
Below, Dr. Metten shares tips to help parents as they read I’m a Boy, My Changing Body with their son.
Give him the space he wants.
Young boys enter puberty at different ages. Your son might want to read this book with you, but it is also possible that he might want to read it on his own. The important thing is to let him know you are there to answer any questions he may have.
Review the Dr. M Says boxes before you give the book to your son.
Take time to read through the book before you read it with your son. You will notice the Dr. M Says boxes that have been placed at specific points throughout the book. These mark the completion of a new concept.
If your son understands the statement in the box, you can feel confident he has learned the key concept from that section. However, sometimes, these key concepts can be challenging to understand. If your son is uncertain, review the section with the anatomy figures together.
Here are the statements in the Dr. M Says boxes:
- An early sign of puberty is a slight increase in the size of the testicles.
- Sperm travel in the vas deferens through the abdominal wall and into the pelvic cavity.
- Sperm and fluid from the seminal vesicles and prostate gland mix together in the urethra to form semen.
- An early sign of puberty is pubic hair growing near the root of the penis.
Check out the additional resources for greater understanding.
After you have finished reading the book, there are activities on our website you can do together to deepen your son’s understanding of the key concepts in the book.
- Interactive Questions & Exercises that help reinforce the key concepts from the Dr. M Says boxes.
- The Activity Center can be reached from a link in the main menu above. These special computer activities would be a nice way to end your time together.
Email Dr. M with your questions!
Your son may have questions come up while reading I’m a Boy, My Changing Body that you are uncertain how to answer. Dr. Metten is dedicated to helping parents and will be happy to help you.
You can email her at DrM@anatomyforkids.com.