At What Age Should You Begin To Tell Kids About The Birds And Bees?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
August 20, 2007 2:14pm CST
When my girls were growing up I had "the talk" with each of them at about the time when they got their first period. From everything I hear now, it seems that that is much too late. I guess girls are maturing much faster these days. Have you had the talk with your children yet? If not, when do you plan to?
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@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
21 Aug 07
I have been wondering the same thing also lately. My son is only 5 and I know its way too early, but he is curious about his own body and is beginning to ask questions. I really don't know what age would be a good time, I just hope my husband is good and ready when he does start asking more.
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@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
21 Aug 07
I think your right there worldwise, I suppose once they are curious and start asking, now is probably a good time.
@weemam (13377)
20 Aug 07
My boys are 44 ,41 and 27 , when they were young and asked a question I would always answer them best I could whatever age they were , kids grow up so quickly nowadays though , I heard of an 11 year old girl last week who was pregnant . I was still playing with dolls at 11 years old , the world goes goes so qickly now xxx
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
21 Aug 07
You are quite right, weemam. My oldest will be the same age as yours pretty soon. Times were very different in those days. All of my grandkids even have babies execpt for 2. I was also still playing with dolls at that age.
@pismeof (855)
• United States
20 Aug 07
My boy is now twelve and he got educated about the Birds and the Bees in his school last year.So when he got home I asked him about what he'd learned and his response was ..Yeech. I guess he didn't much like what he found out about womans little friend each month. They had a couple of classes;One about boys and puberty and then one about the girls. Since that time I'll bring up the subject of dating and girls on a casual basis.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
21 Aug 07
Yeah, pismeof, but, believe me, his attitude will change drastically in a year or two when the hormones of puberty begin to kick in, lol.
• United States
20 Aug 07
My kids are still to young yet to really understand about the birds and the bees, so I still have a bit of time before I will have to have that sort of talk with my kids, but I do plan on talking to them before they enter middle school. I think at that age they are old enough to understand such things.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
21 Aug 07
I agree with you jeweled, because there is a lot more peer pressure out there now than there was even when my children were growing up.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
24 Aug 07
Well I was talking to my Daughter about it when she was 10 not the full wack but bit by bit I would explain things to her and then when she got her Period we sat and had a good talk about things But as you say these Days it seems that it is to late then
• United States
21 Aug 07
First I have to admit that I am childless so this is just an opinion. But I think you should do three talks. One that is a general g version right before 1st grade. And then a second talk with more info by age 10.This one would cover periods for girls. And the R-rated, the everything you want to know but were afraid to ask by 14.