So I’ve bought a copy of the Let’s Talk about Sex book for DD1 who is almost 9. She’s pretty switched on for her age. Is this the right age to present her with the book and invite discussions? We have chatted about stuff before when it’s coming up and she has the Care and Keeping of You covering puberty/periods etc.. The book is very detailed and covers everything from sex, puberty, sexual health, gay relationships, stds, masturbation, online safety etc Am I going to blow her mind/shatter her innocence or is this ok? I was given very little info when younger and feel it negatively impacted my development, particularly around puberty age and seeing sex as something embarrassing /shameful Thoughts appreciated
Thanks for your responses. First off she said she didn’t want it and gave it back! But then she saw some pictures of cartoon naked people and she is reading it! Hopefully it will be useful. Good point about catching them before they get too embarrassed I think.
I think children take on board what they are ready for at the time. I gave my daughter a similar book at about 8 yrs. When I first gave it to her, we discussed briefly but she didn’t say much. I left the book with her and over time (think months/years) , she’d ask the odd question here and there and clearly had been reading the book.