My daughter is 11 and I know girls are different than guys. Observe your son, without being nosey. When you go to the store does he check out the girls or is he checking out the latest action figure? Is he still really attached to his parents or looking for space? The body and the mind work seperately during these years. There are boys who dont reach puberty until 15 or 16 but have girlfriends when they are 12 and need the sex-talk before they have pubs. Im serious. Or visa versa. I firmly believe that being open about sex is the best approach. Books are good, but dont use them as an escape to not talk. Talk, as if youre talking about the weather, not nervous, matter- -of-fact about sex. Hey its something we crave because its something we need. And they need to know that they will survive and not regret it if they wait until they really know and really like someone. If they get in a hurry they get into trouble. STDs, babies.
at 1:49 AM on Jul. 26, 2009