No parent enjoys talking about sex with their adolescent children. It’s just awkward, and there’s no way to make it easy and effective. You either wimp out and take the easy road, and cover little to no territory. Or you dive into the deep end and get awkward all over the place.
So, in addition to having some slightly-awkward discussions with my just-turned-twelve son, I found a book which should help a lot. It’s called Sex and the New You, and it does a very nice job of explaining sex to 11-14 year olds. There are other books in the series for younger and older age groups, and I think they are well-grouped. You should know that this book series is published by Concordia Publishing, which is a Christian publishing house, so the role of sexuality in the book is coming from a God-centered viewpoint. In other words, God created human sexuality for good purposes, and it’s our job to understand it and handle it with care.
I found the book to be very informative, honest, and positive about some hard-to-discuss issues. It focuses positively on the changes that occur in every young person, as they experience puberty. But it also delves into more difficult topics, but at an age-appropriate level, in each case. Clearly, it was a team of authors with a lot of experience with adolescents who wrote this book. I think it will be an excellent resource for my son at this point in his life.