My best friend told me about how babies were conceived when I was in the 5th grade. In the same paragraph, she also spilled the beans about Santa Claus.
It was a bad, bad day.
I was more devastated about Santa Claus, but I ran inside to quiz my mother about the whole babies thing. That FREAKED me out. A southern belle, she did her best to maintain her composure while she explained things. Using generic terms and keeping information to a minimum. While wringing her hands.
I think she was holding out until my school showed “The Movie”. Which sadly, I kept missing because we moved around over the next few years.
Fast forward a hundred years, and I must have figured things out because I have these 3 children. Two are of the girl variety. One is 10, and is in need of vital prepubescent information.
I’ve shared with her about pending menstruation. She turned pale and slid down the wall. That one will have to be sedated when she starts her period. So will I.
Now we’ve reached the time when I need to have “the talk” with her. Since we homeschool, we’ve been able to really control what information she receives when we feel she’s ready.
I’m looking for a good resource in the form of a tape or DVD series, to help me guide her through this important time. I’ve heard that Focus on the Family has a good series, but I’d love to know what other moms in the trenches of tweendom have used.
Do you let the schools handle that information? Or do you fly by the seat of your pantyhose? Or have you found that structured information in the form of an outside source is best?