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.
Even if they don’t ask about it, boys who are 13+ years old are curious about how puberty is different for girls. They are particularly interested in learning about girls and their periods. They hear their friends who are girls talking about it, but most boys are too embarrassed to ask about it. [Read more…]
I put together review groups of young boys to go over my books before I publish them. These are my junior editors. It was so fascinating to listen to their questions as we worked through the content of my book I’m a Boy, How Are Girls Different? They were particularly interested in learning about the menstrual cycle. It was clear to them that their friends who are girls are challenged by their monthly periods.
Unless a boy grows up in a family where there are sisters, it might be difficult for him to learn very much about the changes that happen to girls during puberty. By the time boys are about 13 years old, they likely have many questions that might go unanswered. This is the time to begin teaching him basic information about girl anatomy and function.