I took Hudson to Part 1 of the Great Conversations’ puberty class at Seattle Children’s Hospital tonight. Beforehand, we had dinner, just the two of us, at Eureka! where we could watch Monday Night Football and eat burgers.
It was good to have someone talk through the process in a way kids can understand it and it makes it a more comfortable conversation to have. One of the questions the presenter asked the adults was how they learned about puberty. Not surprising to me, not a single parent raised their hand when asked if their parents told them anything at all about puberty. Some parents were given a book by their parents and some were told to go talk to someone else. I learned about it in an uninformative week-long course during Health class in 7th grade and for several years after that. I think Hudson already knows more about it at 11 than I did when I was 14.
There was lots of participation from the audience and Hudson raised his hand to answer questions three times. There were maybe one or two other kids who were as active out of about 50. I was proud, when I was his age I never would have done that, certainly not on this subject. Hudson was also more mature than most by not snickering every time “penis” was said.