My oldest started Family Life in 5th grade, they had to watch "The Miracle of Life" movie which was WAY tooo overrated for fifth graders (that's what she said!) so I don't recommend it until she's older. Yes, "The Care and Keeping of You" is nice, also a book called Body Drama but probably good for older kids. She started sex ed in 7th grade, which was very good for her. Unbelievably, her science teacher was very good and open and informative, and willing to discuss morbid topics. As someone who started at age 11, I could have used more information beforehand, but it ended up ok.
Raising three crazy girls in a loving home in IL. One lil writer, Actor (not belly dancer! Please!) and of course, our lil one says . "We're all in this together"... (high school musical-- EEP!).
There's some great advice here. All I would add is that 'coming of age' groups can be a lovely way to study the changes that come about during puberty. Yes, parents are a great first port of call, but as some have said, their children begin to squirm at yet another of those conversations. Yes, some schools raise the issues really well. And whilst it can be really supportive to learn about these things together, learning with your classmates and your teachers may not be the most comfortable. Gathering together with a group of other girls, expressly to explore coming of age and growing up, can be a really fun way to form really supportive bonds with others over a passage of life that is full of change. I find that the girls I work with often stay friends with the others in their group right through school and into their child-bearing years...
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