There is one aspect of parenting that will strike fear into the most fearless of parents. It is “The Talk”.
We all know we are supposed to have it at some point. But when? And how? And can I hire someone to do it for me?
I would love for things to happen naturally (and when I was pregnant the kids did bring up some interesting questions…..), but sometimes you need to steer the conversation the way you want. And when Hannah kept asking what would happen if a girl was born with a penis (and I decided I didn’t want to get into hermaphrodites) I decided we needed to go back to my old trusty friends.
We bought the Learning About Sex books when Lily was five. They present the basic things that a child would need to know at the age the book is recommended for. When we bought them they weren’t gender specific but the new versions are. The books are:
- Why Boys & Girls Are Different:(For Girls Ages 4-6) and (For Boys Ages 4-6)
- Where Do Babies Come From: (For Girls Ages 7-9) and (For Boys Ages 7-9)
- How You Are Changing: (For Girls Ages 10-12) and (For Boys Ages 10-12)
- Sex & the New You: (For Young Women Ages 13-15) and (For Young Men 13-15)
- Love, Sex, and God: (Girls’ Edition) and (Boy’s Edition)
- These books are written from a biblical perspective and allow us to ease into the subject at a pace that is comfortable for everyone involved. It opens the dialogue up and then we can answer questions as they come.
- It has taken a very nerve wracking situation and made it quite doable. Well, doable with a five year old and an eight year old. Jesus will be coming back before we hit the next book right?
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