Each family is unique in how they talk to their sons about reproduction. Until they are about 15 years old, the focus is usually on the changes that are happening to them during puberty. But, now that puberty is over, it is time to continue those discussions by including information about how it is different for girls.
I know that it is certainly more challenging after your adolescent has completed puberty to have these discussions, but they are the truly life-changing conversations you need to offer your adolescent as he approaches young adulthood, and you are the best person to initiate them.
To help you as you begin to think about what to say, consider giving your son information about what happens during puberty in a girl. It is time for them to learn the other half of the story. These times together should follow the pattern I’ve encouraged during puberty, only seven minutes long and inspirational. Give them just enough information to make them think.
Here is an example of an inspirational topic.
Illustrations from I’m a Boy, How Are Girls Different?
As you can see from this anatomy illustration, there are two ovaries in a girl’s pelvis. When puberty begins, there are about 300,000 eggs in the two ovaries and that is all she is going to have in her lifetime. His testicles, where sperm are from, begin producing sperm during puberty. As puberty comes to an end, his testicles are making about 1,000 sperm every second! He continues to produce new sperm throughout his lifetime.
There are so many inspirational thoughts you can share with you maturing son. I will continue to blog them for you. They might try to ignore you, but trust me, they are listening and learning!
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