Sweden has found a way to avoid those awkward boys-in-the-gym, girls-in-the-lunchroom fifth grade lessons about menstruation and basic genital anatomy: making videos with catchy songs for children’s television.
Even after more than a decade of studying sex in animals, my own attempts to teach my children about the “birds and the bees” were fraught with embarrassment, mostly for them. I wish I’d been as clever as medical educator Danielle Teller.
When I started asking questions about sex as a kid, my mother handed me her own well-worn copy of From Little Acorns: The Story of Your Body. A pretty staid choice compared to the more explicit sex-ed books for kids from the 1970s, but it was considered quite progressive when Mom first read it in 1951.