Ah yes, The Birds & The Bees.
A talk most parents dread having with their children.
I am guilty.
I am one of those parents.
Last year when Zack, then just 10, had the Puberty Presentation at school, I sent his dad to join him.
For some reason I was uncomfortable discussing wet dreams and boners/erections, while listening to the chuckles and laughter from the peanut gallery of about 100 other 9, 10 and 11 year old boys.
Zack and his Dad (Sperm Donor #1) attended the presentation.
Zack received a bag containing a booklet, deodorant and I’m not quite sure what else.
That day was over and he never discussed it with me.
This brings us to yesterday.
The Libby who is 9, attended the Puberty Presentation at school.
She did not want anyone with her.
She refuses to talk about anything that was discussed in the video they watched or the pamphlets they received.
Or the fact that there was a huge diaper size maxi-pad in the bag with the deodorant she received.
For some reason, with her, it bothers me that the school presents this to the children at such a young age.
However, it didn’t bother me with Zack.
I don’t know if the thought of her going through puberty in the next few years bothers me or if I just feel that kids are learning about these things too soon in life.
To a point, I think it is both.
I had to go through the same presentation when I was her age but I didn’t go through puberty for another 3 years.
What are your thoughts?
Does your child’s school do a presentation with the kids? at what age? How do you feel about it?
How soon really is too soon??