What age range do you think is ideal for teaching children about sex and related bodily functions?
My parents where awesome. I was able to ask them anything and they would give me a straight answer. I was a 90s kid. We started asking questions after we found dads playboy stash.
One day my dad was talking to me about birth control(12 yrs old)....
My dad took a vitamin and told me to hold it in between my knees. Then he says 'Now, don't drop it!'
In other words, there's your best birth control- keep your legs shut!
Puberty, 9ish. I know girls who got their period in 4th grade. How freaked out are they going to be if they don't know what that means?
Sex, around 6th grade. No elementary schooler should know about sex. I know I sure didn't and had a wake up call
During middle school when everyone was talking about all these things and I had no idea.
Get animals and most of the work will be done for you. Rather than you bringing it up and worrying about when is the right time, the kids will have questions and you just have to answer them.
I knew the basics about baby makin' at 6. Then got the puberty talk around 10 or 11. Worked for me.
There are really two issues here. Physical maturity and the like should be younger 9-10. But, sex itself should be maybe just a bit older. Having said that, it really does depend on the child and when they start asking questions.
13-15.... Way too late.
I chose 5/10 but 10 is really the earliest depending on the child's maturity, curiously and interest.
Maybe eleven through fifteen. I don't have kids, but I think that's a good age. Honestly, I think I'd talk to my kids (when I have a few :) ) about sex whenever they ask me about it, even if that age is earlier. For sure by thirteen though.
They may never ask.
They probably won't, honestly. The fact that you haven't told them about it until then gives them the signal that the subject is taboo and embarrassing.
Hm, didn't think about it like that. Like I said, I don't have kids, so don't really know, I just figured that that was a good age. What's a good age to have that "talk" do you think?
To me, 10 or 11.
Old enough to understand it, young enough that they haven't had a reason to start "experimenting" yet. As far I'm concerned, the earlier, the better.
Ill be having that talk before 11, thats for sure. I'd rather teach my kid about sex, not the internet. Porn is not real sex.
Eh, it's good enough.
I answer any questions my kids have honestly. But I won't have the actual "talk" until probably when they have their period. Unless they ask sooner.
I think it's best when a parent doesn't make a big deal about such things. When they are 5 or 6 they can causally know about women and their periods. The key is not making a big deal of it.
11-15. No need to rush their thinking about it.
I actually never got "the talk." My only education came from school and my fascination with it, haha.
Ha! You get lots of exposure through the world wide web. Especially of you're a dude. Am I right mr!?
By 14, if not earlier, they're thinking about sex. 12-1/2 years is the average age girls in the US get their 1st period. When I worked in a hospital lab in the 70s & 80s it was not terribly uncommon to have 13-, 14- & 15-year olds come in for...
..pregnancy tests (usually positive).
Waiting any past 11 is *not* rushing things, and it's possibly too late, at least for some information.
Oh my. That's interesting, and rather surprising. I don't have any personal experience to state to the contrary. Everything I've found in my own research and studies have shown 11 to be the idealistic age, but now I'm doubting that number.
Quite correct, pipes, but I actually do serious research on the matter as well, haha.
Oh, I do my fare share of research. ;)
It doesn't (and surely shouldn't ) have to be all done at once, but at least older children should have SOME concept of reproduction, and be aware of changes that will occur in their bodies. Imagine being a 12-year-old girl, finding blood coming...
..from the vagina (maybe not even knowing what a vagina IS), with no clue what was happening. A 2003 study showed 10% of US girls reaching menarche (age at 1st period) before age 11; 90% by age 13-3/4.
Thank you very much for the background information, as well as your deeply informative statistics, as usual!