Tough Life Lessons From The Movies

A high school friend posted on Facebook recently that her 11 year old son noticed a Cialis add during a football game and asked about it. Remind us all to thank the sports world for introducing these fun concepts into the minds of our very hormonal tweens and teens!

Not sure how to respond, she did what most parents do these days…turned to her Facebook friends. We offered up our usual sage advice after which I was reminded of a post I wrote a few years ago after we took our kids to see the movie, The Pink Panther, when my oldest daughter was 12. That was 4 years ago now. A similar “male enhancement pill” question emerged in our family and here’s how it unfolded:

We took our kids to see Pink Panther a few weeks ago. What an enjoyable family day! My husband and I laughted hysterically with the “middle age magic man pill” scene, and breathed a huge sigh of relief with neither of our daughters, ages 12 and 10, asked what it was. Kids don’t miss a beat, though, so we wondered if the other shoe would drop.

It did…4 weeks later. Our 12 year old started joking with my husband about “the middle age magic man pill”, just plopping it in conversation assuming we’d laugh as we did in the movie. He asked her what it was and she gave him a blank stare and walked away. The next  day she asked him what it was and he pulled a typical dad –puberty move: sent her to me. He gave me a heads up and I figure I have about a week before she’ll come to me wondering what this “middle age magic man pill” is about. By then, she will have learned “reproduction” in 5th grade science and my goal is to have a simple conversation that builds from there. In other words, I’m going to talk about biology and that sometimes biology needs a little help because it’s complicated.

Puberty has to be the most difficult topic to address with kids but it is important to be straightforward. I do not believe talking about sex promotes sexual exploration – in fact, just the opposite, it promotes safety and smart thinking. I also believe that talking about these issues helps kids understand that they are biological and do sometimes need medical intervention. That will help our kids when they get older should they have any sorts of issues with their reproductive systems.

Even  good kids get themselves into pickles where hormones are concerned. What good do we do them if we go nuts as they figure out what those hormones mean? It’s our job to help them sort this out. It’s our job to be clear minded and remember that at young ages they are just curious about the biology. Let’s not make it more complicated than it already is!

So, if your kids ask you about any of these “male enhancement” pills…don’t freak. Just calmly explain what they are for and move on. Remember, kids just have inquiring minds and are just inquiring. Your job is just to respond back with your best poker face and hope for the best!

Besides, who would you rather answer this intriguing question for your kids – you or your spouse, your your child’s equally clueless friend or the internet?

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