Monday, December 6, 2010

How to Talk to your Child about Sex: An experience based book review

I'll be honest, I really wanted to delay it longer. Surely he was too young and wouldn't hear anything dirty from his friends already? Yes, he had asked a few questions in the past year, but did he really need to know about sex already? According to the Eyre's, eight is the best age to give the full facts because children are still open to hearing their parents' opinions and values. We also wanted him to hear the facts from us first. No time like the present!

It is recommended by the Eyre's that before eight, give simple basic answers, use correct terms for body parts and tell them about how when they are eight they will get to hear all about the most wonderful and amazing thing in the world.

We had chosen this book because we liked how nicely it was written and the illustrations. It presents the facts of sex and how sex starts the creation of a baby in a way that we liked. It uses the term "making love" which helped with our point that love is an important part of the whole process. Overall we felt like it matched up well with the values we teach as much as the facts. Several different books like it are discussed by the Eyre's in their book, and we chose Where did I come from?

After reading the book, we asked if he had any questions, which he did, but they were all very science based.? We talked about how now he knew this big grown up thing and it wasn't normal every day conversation because it was so special. We told him if he ever had any questions about something to come talk to us and we would be happy to explain or discuss it with him.

What age were you when your parents told you the facts of life or did you just learn from other sources? What age do you think is best to explain sex?

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