What does your young son know about sperm? Does he know where sperm are made? Does he know what they look like?
The time to begin teaching him about his reproductive system is when he is young, about 5-7 years old. I’m not suggesting that it is time to talk about sexual topics. It’s important to build a great foundation of knowledge before those discussions begin. When he is young, he will be happy to talk about sperm and other boy topics. As he approaches puberty, that window is going to close.
This information about sperm will take about seven minutes to talk about with your son. Keep it short and interesting. This is just one small piece of a bigger picture that you can fill in over the next few years.
In this anatomy figure, we are looking at the inside of a testicle where sperm are being made.
Here are some points that might be interesting for your son.
- Sperm are made inside the testicles.
- They start as round cells and completely change their shape.
- There are three parts to a mature sperm:
- Head – smart part
- Middle – makes energy
- Tail – helps the sperm to swim