Probably the most important information that we can give our daughters is an understanding of their female anatomy. Because puberty can start as early as eight years old, your daughter may start noticing changes in her body while she’s still in elementary school. As she matures through puberty, the changes become more profound. Think about how it was for you. If you didn’t have a solid understanding of anatomy, you may have entered your reproductive years and either felt challenged about how not to get pregnant (or how to get pregnant) or uncertain about what was happening to you during pregnancy. Then, perimenopause comes, [Read more…]
We covered teaching young girls in our previous post and now it’s the boys’ turn!
Little boys are usually very curious about their male anatomy. It is just so easy to find their genitals and to compare what they have to everybody else. They are usually also very interested in the fact that little girls do not have the same anatomy. This inquisitiveness provides an easy opening to teach them about their anatomy. The child is usually eager to learn, but sometimes the parents are not so ready to teach.
I have observed three different types of parental responses to the topic of little boy anatomy. [Read more…]
Young girls will often begin to question where babies come from when they see a pregnant woman. A girl might also question why her anatomy looks different than a little boy’s anatomy. We can be challenged by these questions unless we remember that our daughters are just little girls. In my experience talking with parents, I have observed three different types of parental responses to these questions:
- The enthusiastic, well-meaning parent who might see this as the opportunity to teach their children everything that no one taught them when they were kids.
- The cautious parent who will carefully question and probe the child’s reason for asking this question.
- The insecure parent who will try to get out of this situation by suggesting that the baby came from angel dust.
Where do we begin? [Read more…]
Throughout the years, I’ve had many opportunities to talk to parents about how to teach their children about their bodies. Most parents think it is fun to teach how the heart beats or why their kids’ muscles get tired when they run. But as soon as I suggest they start talking to their kids about reproductive anatomy, these same parents run for the door. Why is this? I’ve found that there are three main reasons: [Read more…]