Rebecca sent us a couple questions about talking to her son about puberty: who should start the discussion? How far should it go?
Neither of my parents ever really talked about puberty with me, and now that my son is nine I’m wondering how, if, and when we should initiate the conversation. While it would be an easy out, I don’t want to push the talk off on my partner just because he’s the male in the equation.
We want our son to have a healthy attitude toward sex, his body, and all that this could entail in the coming years. We want him to feel like he can come to us with questions that might arise — whatever they might be about. Our son is a pretty shy kid, so we’re not exactly expecting him to be bold about cluing us in to what he might be wondering.
So tell me: should we be the ones to initiate the puberty talk? If so, how specific should we get? Should we also explain what happens to females during puberty, or do you think he’ll already be overwhelmed with information?