One of my twins is obsessed with all things related to puberty, reproduction, and their timings. I gave him a pamphlet from the doctor’s office. Instead of answering his questions, it generated more questions. Here are his more memorable ones:
- What is sexual intercourse, and can you and Dad demonstrate?
- Would you buy me larger underwear? I’m going to need them soon. [To accomodate the spontaneous expansion of the “crown jewel”]
- How are my pecs developing?
- Is my mustache growing in?
I couldn’t decide if I should burst out laughing or answer his questions with all the serious he used in asking them. This is a subject I was hoping to delay discussing until I memorized a “teaching sexuality for dummies” book.
Help is now available from Your Child’s Health University at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. At the Heart to Heart: For Boys Only or Heart to Heart: For Girls kids can ask questions in a comfortable environment. Topics include:
- Body changes to expect during puberty
- Myths vs. facts
- What your child should know about the opposite sex
- Sexuality and sexual reproduction
“For Boys Only” is for boys, 10-12 years of age, and their dads or other adult male resource person. Monthly classes are available in Palo Alto, Belmont, Menlo Park and Campbell. On-line registration is available.
“For Girls Only” is also available for girls, 10-12 years of age, and their moms or other adult female resource person. Monthly classes are available in Palo Alto, Belmont, Menlo Park and Campbell. On-line registration is available.
Your Child’s Health University also provides suggested reading lists for pre-teens, girl-specific, boy-specific, and parents.
On a side note: Since I am the mother of 4 sons, I am ineligible to take the class: I need to be the same gender as my children, which, I am not. I will rely on second-hand monosyllabic renditions of the class. “Good” “Yup” “Okay” “Yeah”. “How about those Giants?”