Though sexual development is typically associated with the teen years, in reality young kids develop an emotional and physical foundation for sexuality in many subtle ways from infancy.
Physical and emotional changes become more dramatic and complex with the onset of puberty and into the teen years, and kids are likely to have lots of questions.
By arming yourself with the facts, getting some sense of what to expect, and being there to answer questions and offer guidance, you can be a trusted source of information, comfort, and support for your kids.
All About Development
- Understanding Early Sexual Development
- Precocious Puberty
- Male Reproductive System
- Talking to Your Child About Menstruation
- Understanding Puberty
- Talking to Your Child About Puberty
- Your Child's Changing Voice
- Your Daughter's First Gynecological Exam
- Sexual Attraction and Orientation
Sexual Health Issues
Questions & Answers
- My 1-year-old son always tries to touch his penis. Is this masturbation?
- Why does puberty sometimes happen early?
- My 9-year-old daughter is already developing breasts. Is this normal?
- My 10-year-old son's voice is already changing. Is that normal?
- How do I make my teenage son feel better about not having any facial hair?
- Is masturbation normal for a boy approaching the teen years?
- Should girls who aren't sexually active be vaccinated against HPV?
- When will my 13-year-old daughter's period start?