I would start with talking about puberty and body changes. I think once kids start to have those conversations you can then start building on them. I joke a lot with my boys rather have very serious conversations about sex, I've told them about STD's and I've asked them if they know how to protect themselves. I've talked about girls and pregnancy and what it means to some girls when you have sex. My youngest is 12 and asked me not long ago about condoms because of all the Trojan commercials on tv, he didn't get what they were for, so I told him what they were, how they are used and what they are for. He was a little grossed out but now he has the answer and knows their importance. Just little things at a time and always the truth, no sugar-coating.
at 1:14 PM on Sep. 23, 2010