At what age is it appropriate?

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At what age is it appropriate?

jmex83 jmex83
when do you think that parents should have "the talk" with their kids?

me and my wife are looking at her son turning 11 and her daughter turning 9 this year. sad to say, but the time is a'comin'! we're trying to decide on when is the right time. she really doesn't want to have that be something learned in school, as we're certain that they will have tons of questions that we would rather be there to answer than some book/pamphlet or friends.

So when do you think it should be discussed?

of course, maturity of the child is going to play a huge factor in telling them, but assuming that the child is "old enough/mature enough" which age range would you say is appropriate?
03/24/2012
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Ryuson Ryuson
Quote:
Originally posted by jmex83
when do you think that parents should have "the talk" with their kids?

me and my wife are looking at her son turning 11 and her daughter turning 9 this year. sad to say, but the time is a'comin'! we're trying to decide ...
I would say 7, but that's just me. You shouldn't wait until the boy is learning everything from the internet and his friends or until the girl has her period. I think that it should actually go in stages, like at 7 you explain the biological functions, at 12 you explain safe sex, pregnancy, and STDs, at 15 you explain that there are different people who like different things sexually, and that every one has their own preferences. That's just me, though.
03/24/2012
tiggle biddies tiggle biddies
Quote:
Originally posted by Ryuson
I would say 7, but that's just me. You shouldn't wait until the boy is learning everything from the internet and his friends or until the girl has her period. I think that it should actually go in stages, like at 7 you explain the biological ...
that sounds like a good plan to me

edit: now that i think about it, my parents never told me anything. i just sort of figured out the basics on my own from looking at a friend's baby boy lol. the rest i learned in school and from the internet

dont know if that helps
03/25/2012
Kissy Kissy
School, friends and reading taught me!
03/25/2012
Ansley Ansley
I don't think there's any set age to have the talk. It should be a rolling dialogue that starts when the child begins exploring their bodies, whatever age that might be, and continues throughout their teen years as questions and situations arise. School handles the biology part of it, parents need to handle the emotional aspects and the consequences that come with having sex in or out of relationships.
03/25/2012
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