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…]
Let’s make sure that our 11+ age sons and daughters understand what hormones are and how they are affecting their body now that they are in puberty.
Your 8-10 year old son may feel some confusion when he learns that sperm are made in the testicles and then come out the end of the penis. There isn’t an obvious pathway from one place to the next.