One of the most consistent complaints parents have expressed to me is that most resources are not age-appropriate and include information about sexual topics that are too advanced for their young adolescent son.
If you have a son who is in puberty, you have probably noticed that there are a limited number of resources about puberty that you might feel comfortable letting him read.
This situation leaves the parent questioning what to teach their son.
Should you be teaching your young adolescent about sex? And if not, what should you teach him?
My approach is plain and simple; begin by teaching him about his reproductive system.
This is more of a biology-based approach and much more comfortable for your child, and for you. Your son will learn answers to the immediate questions that he has about changes happening in his body today.
After he has built a good foundation of knowledge and he has attained an appropriate level of maturity, then he is ready to understand the more complex concepts of a sexual relationship.
I have spent the last year writing I’m a Boy, Hormones! to provide just this type of biology information I recommend. You can simply give your son the book (or leave it in his room) and you can be confident that he has learned more than most boys in your community and he is ready for more personal discussions.
It’s a benefit to learn about a girl’s reproductive system too!
I also believe that the young teen that has a thorough understanding of his own reproductive system benefits tremendously by learning about a girl’s reproductive system as well. Your son will likely be amazed to learn that both the male and female reproductive system have the same goal with a little different biology, making babies. If you are interested, you can find that information in my book, I’m a Girl, Hormones!.
I am on a mission to inspire parents to help their sons learn about their bodies and with that a respect for themselves and others.
New Title Available! I’m a Boy, Hormones! for ages 11+
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