When it comes to sex, how much is too much information?
When we saw this children's book about how babies are made, we were shocked. It shows intercourse (with penetration!) and childbirth (complete with crowning!). The book is from Denmark, where the teen birth rates are 5.9 per 1,000 women ... compared to the U.S. teen birth rate, which is 41.9 per 1,000 women. Are they on to something?
How should we explain the birds and the bees to our own kids? Here's what pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson has to say:
"I am a believer in answering the question a child asks. This helps educate your youngster without offering more information than she is equipped to understand. A child will ask concrete questions, but if you really listen to the words, the answers he is looking for are usually broad, not detailed and anatomic. If this series of cartoons is targeted at young children (and presumably it is aimed at preschoolers and elementary schoolers), I think it offers more than they need -- or want -- to know."
What do you think of this book from Denmark -- refreshingly honest or too much information? Comment below.
|Dr. Cara Natterson, a graduate of Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and author of "Your Toddler: Head To Toe," is a pediatrician and mother of 2. She is working on her forthcoming book, "Dangerous or Safe?"|