A few days ago my son came home with a permission slip for me to sign. I held the paper in my hands and proceeded to reed it. “Here we go again, another field trip or another fundraising thing” -I thought. “What!…a PUBERTY MOVIE?”-I screamed. I was holding in my hands a permission slip to allow my fifth grader to watch a “maturity video” with his class. My heart started raising faster and my mind went crazy. “I can’t believe we are there already. My boy is too young for puberty. My baby…”. Thoughts bombarded me making me realize that time has gone by and my boy is no longer a baby and that, indeed, he is growing.
Today I sat in the auditorium to screen the movie before signing the permission slip, just because I wanted to make sure the message he was going to receive was aligned to what we think is appropriate for him to know at this age. In the video, they talked about body odor, facial hair, other regions hairs and, of course, they talked about wet dreams. They showed a picture of the male genitalia explaining what happens when IT wakes up. As I was seating there watching this all I could think was how fast the time has gone by. Then I realized that I still see my boy as that chubby cheeked delicious little boy holding my hand and not wanting to let go that first day of pre-school, but in two weeks that same boy is culminating fifth grade. Time is flying and I better hurry and teach him all I’m supposed to because before I know it, I’ll be standing in front of his college dorm, crying, saying goodbye and trusting my Lord that He will protect him and guide him as my little grown boy embarks in his own journey.
I did sign the permission slip allowing him to watch it. I knew his friends were going to watch it and you know how kids are. I wanted him to get the information right instead of getting it from boys his age. I figured we would do our part here at home.
Tonight the cuddling ritual will change slightly. Daddy will be doing the tucking in, while answering any questions my boy may have. And as I pray tonight over my boy, I’ll pray for sweet and dry dreams 😉
I sure need a glass of wine tonight, CHEERS!
Til next time,
- What Do Adolescents Experience During Puberty? (pediatrics.answers.com)
- The Puberty Talk .. (rockinautismmom.com)
- On Puberty. (ravenousforlife.wordpress.com)