It seems natural to teach our daughters about hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, because they are part of the menstrual cycle. Changes in the levels of these hormones throughout the cycle results in a menstrual period each month and that is something every young girl needs to know about.
Each family is unique in how they talk to their sons about reproduction. Until they are about 15 years old, the focus is usually on the changes that are happening to them during puberty. But, now that puberty is over, it is time to continue those discussions by including information about how it is different for girls. [Read more…]
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…]