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OhTheIrony July 5th, 2013 7:35pm

What age range do you think is ideal for teaching children about sex and related bodily functions?

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Mooo42Q Thats Nucking Futs
07/05/13 4:27 pm

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)....

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Mooo42Q Thats Nucking Futs
07/05/13 5:40 pm

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!

brinrawson Knoxville and DC
07/05/13 4:26 pm

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

brinrawson Knoxville and DC
07/05/13 4:27 pm

During middle school when everyone was talking about all these things and I had no idea.

Wert A picture of my junk
07/05/13 3:50 pm

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.

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ClarityRose Now taking suggestions
07/05/13 2:31 pm

I knew the basics about baby makin' at 6. Then got the puberty talk around 10 or 11. Worked for me.

Kay41 the Midwest
07/05/13 1:52 pm

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.

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Kay41 the Midwest
07/05/13 1:52 pm

13-15.... Way too late.

babyboomer1 The flatulance express
07/05/13 1:06 pm

I chose 5/10 but 10 is really the earliest depending on the child's maturity, curiously and interest.

Ariella LovePeaceNHappiness
07/05/13 1:01 pm

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.

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OhTheIrony Learning from you
07/05/13 1:39 pm

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.

Ariella LovePeaceNHappiness
07/05/13 1:41 pm

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?

OhTheIrony Learning from you
07/05/13 3:35 pm

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.

Mooo42Q Thats Nucking Futs
07/05/13 12:55 pm

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.

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pipes
07/05/13 12:56 pm

Eh, it's good enough.

christine1986
07/05/13 12:52 pm

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.

EarlyBird Portland
07/05/13 12:40 pm

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.

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/05/13 12:37 pm

11-15. No need to rush their thinking about it.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/05/13 12:38 pm

I actually never got "the talk." My only education came from school and my fascination with it, haha.

pipes
07/05/13 12:46 pm

Ha! You get lots of exposure through the world wide web. Especially of you're a dude. Am I right mr!?

susanr Colorado
07/05/13 12:46 pm

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...

susanr Colorado
07/05/13 12:49 pm

..pregnancy tests (usually positive).

Waiting any past 11 is *not* rushing things, and it's possibly too late, at least for some information.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/05/13 12:51 pm

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.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/05/13 12:52 pm

Quite correct, pipes, but I actually do serious research on the matter as well, haha.

pipes
07/05/13 12:54 pm

Oh, I do my fare share of research. ;)

susanr Colorado
07/05/13 1:00 pm

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...

susanr Colorado
07/05/13 1:02 pm

..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.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/05/13 1:08 pm

Thank you very much for the background information, as well as your deeply informative statistics, as usual!