My youngest daughter just turned 10 last month. She is at an age where I am beginning to wonder if I should have some type of talk with her. I feel like she is too young for this, but on the other hand, I don’t want her to learn all these things from the wrong sources.
This is just one of those things that, as a parent, you hope you make the right decision about. There are many other subjects in parenting where this happens too. It is one of those things where you think about it, make a decision to do it and then hope that it was the right decision to make.
Knowing when to have “the talk” with a child is not always easy and every child is different. To me, there is no point in doing this until the child begins to approach the age of puberty. If you notice that your child is starting to have changes in his or her body, the time has probably arrived for the talk to happen.
Many parents are nervous about doing this and there are good reasons to be nervous. A parent will wonder what to say, or how much to say. Is it better to offer too much information and detail than not enough? These are all very tough questions that parents must answer themselves.
One thing to keep in mind though is that, as a parent, this is one of your responsibilities. Your children will learn about this subject somewhere. Would you rather it be from unreliable sources or from you?