I have always been a woman that can admit when she is wrong, and I, my friends stand corrected. I said that I could never see myself allowing a book to teach my children the facts of life. But when I made that statement I had no clue how much I didn’t know. Well, I know this information, but if I were to sit down to talk to my kids off the top of my head about the birds and bee’s I’m certain now that I would leave out a world of vital information. For instance, I only have one son, so I’m sure I can answer all of my girl’s questions about their bodies without hesitation. However, I don’t think I’m prepared to explain to my son why his testicles hang at various levels or how changes in hormone levels can cause his penis to break out in small bumps. Well color me flabbergasted and call me a convert. I do believe that I will purchase one or more of these books as my kids come of age. I even purchased a copy of The American Girl “The Care and Keeping of You – The Girl Body Book” for my baby sister whom I’m certain will not only gain an appreciation for reading through it, but also find it useful as a survival guide for middle school.
What I really want to share with my single mothers out there, and even those of you married, is an excellent book I found for boys. Many women attempt to send our boys to their father’s for these “lessons”, but more than half of us are married to manly men who don’t really converse very much. This increases the chance of an information gap that could literally be the cross roads that determine the outcome of a young man’s life. Here I thought all this time that it would be easy explaining to my son about how his reproductive parts work. Yet I found myself slightly embarrassed as people walked past me in the store and noticed that I was reading a book with young nude boys drawn on the page. I’m sure but it may have been mere coincidence that most of the pages I found interesting also contained an illustrated penis. And it never failed, once I started to read that page, someone would walk by and glance over my shoulder. I wasn’t afraid that someone would see what I was reading, I was afraid that someone was going to think I was a child molester. So I don’t suggest reading these books in the store, but I do suggest them as a fantastic purchase for pre-teen, and teens to read in your home. I would completely push to have these books available in Middle Schools and Jr. High Schools. I was absolutely amazed at how much information I wasn’t prepared to discuss with my kids. Not issues that I couldn’t or wouldn’t discuss, but issues that I had forgotten needed to be discussed. Lynda Madara’s book, “What’s Happening to My Body, for boys” is a wealth of information for maturing young boys and I am going to go on a campaign to strongly recommend this book to my single mothers raising boys. And as a reminder to all parents, we think we know everything because we made it through the early years without killing any of them and we ourselves were masters as teenagers, right? Truth is guys….we don’t know squat. And I’m here as a convert to tell you all, these books are a necessity. Here’s a link to a list that will help you: http://pediatrics.about.com/od/puberty/tp/puberty_books.htm