Discipline, school, homework, time with family -- everything is renegotiated.
Hormones kick in as puberty approaches, and the pressures of the peer group magnify.
She is likely also wondering: Where do babies come from? Your early elementary school–age child is probably trying to gather more clues about everything: how exactly male and female bodies differ, how exactly babies are made, and what takes place sexually between adults.
During the preschool years, your child's general curiosity about gender (especially the opposite gender) is probably growing.
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In some ways, the years leading up to puberty can feel like "the calm before the storm." Children may be more embarrassed and quiet about sex-related questions than when they were younger.By now, kids know what sex is (and that it has nothing to do with "birds" and "bees"). adolescents have sex by age 12 (phew), but one-third of teens have sex by age 16, nearly half of teens by age 17, and more than 70 percent by age 19, so the early- to mid-teen years are generally a good time to go into some more specifics about healthy sexual choices.But there's still a lot you can teach them about protecting themselves against STDs, teen pregnancy, date rape, and other risks. Kids who feel disconnected from their parents lose their anchor and look for it in their peer group.The only way to make it through the tween years with a firm foundation for the teen years to come is to fiercely maintain a strong bond with your child, even while you encourage age-appropriate freedom.