Let's say your tweenage son approaches you with a few VERY DETAILED plumbing questions... wanting to know how the two "houses" work together. Errr, ahhh... how two systems function as one. Wanting details. Are you prepared?
I began reading up on parenting books about a year ago, knowing full well this day would come. I'm thankful I did as we prepare to cross such a grown-up threshold. The hubby and I want our son to grasp more than just the mechanics, we want him to be a young man of integrity.
For those of you likely facing similar plumbing conversations in the future, I thought I'd pass along a few resources. We began by giving him THIS BOOK and followed up with THIS BOOK. Now, we have begun reading THIS BOOK together - a helpful tool for navigating through some of the more challenging aspects of The Talk. (The girl version of the book is HERE.) Ideally, dad would take his son through the book and mom would do the same with her daughter. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
Some of you might be nervous about approaching this topic in such a direct fashion. As parents, it is our job to nurture and equip our children physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is our responsibility to provide them with the tools, instruct them on their usage, and at some point - let go.
Our son will learn about plumbing one way or another. Wouldn't it be best from someone with his best interests at heart?