Long before I was a single mom, I knew I would be the one explaining the body and privacy and sex and health and oozy-fluid stuff to my son. I was well-prepared by a mother who gave me Where Did I Come From? before kindergarten and gave many of The Talks in a casual, factual manner. I read up, I talked to other parents, reviewed anatomy illustrations, read some more. When the time came, I took a deep breath and just started talking, whether it was about penises or conception or periods, until he changed the subject or made disgusting body noises or pretended to fall asleep.
While I had a detailed five-tiered sex talk prepared for various stages of age-appropriateness and situation, I didn’t really know all of the in-between stuff we’d need to discuss. Here are some bits about those boy bits I am not sure any mom knows she will be discussing. And how often. And in detail.
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