If you are raising a son who is 8-10 years old, I would like to help you prepare him for the changes he is going to experience during puberty.
Certainly, there are lots of emotional ups and downs that are coming his way. But, this is the time when you want to teach him about his boy anatomy. The more he understands where the changes are happening, the more confident he will be during this big transition in his life.
This anatomy figure is a great place to start.
I’m a Boy, My Changing Body
The genitals are the penis and testicles. You can see that the testicles are located inside a sack of skin called the scrotum. Until puberty, the testicles have been small because there is not much activity going on inside. As puberty begins, the testicles start making sperm. The testicles will grow as more and more sperm are being made. The penis does not grow very much for a couple of years after puberty begins.
When you have a teaching time with your son, try to keep it brief, maybe 5-7 minutes, and upbeat. Don’t be disappointed if he protests or shows little interest. This is normal for boys at this age. Persevere, he is listening.