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So, my prepubescent daughters have pretty much got an idea about 'where babies come from', though their curiosity so far has only got them as far as how the baby gets out, not how 'Paolo' gets 'in'.

But explaining the mechanics is the easy bit. And we can do the 'when Daddy loves Mummy' stuff too. What worries me is reality. How do you answer - or preferably prepare your daughter in advance for:

"Daddy, why is that man staring at my breasts?"

'Cos sex (in our western culture/media anyway) is not just about babies, nor just about love. It is also about pure unadulterated lust; money; advertising; sustained-bad-self-image-for-corporate-profit and a whole lot of other not-so-pretty-but-ultimately-unavoidable stuff.

Or am I over-thinking things?

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Dunno that I have an answer but kudos to you for considering this stuff ahead of time. –  Valkyrie Oct 9 '13 at 14:09
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I think you are over-thinking. When their hormones kick in, they will figure much of it out themselves. And what they can't figure out, they will probably ask their girlfriends rather than Dad. Trust that if you do get an odd question, grace will deliver the right answer to your lips! –  Mary Jo Finch Oct 10 '13 at 2:47
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@MaryJoFinch, they may figure out female sexual attraction (through their own experience of it), but I fear that without insight into male sexual attraction, the learning process can be long, and painful. –  Benjol Oct 10 '13 at 5:40
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What I deem most important for my daughters to understand (and my son for that matter) is how their own actions affect the opposite sex and if that is really the effect they desire. On average, sexual attraction is much more disconnected from emotional attraction for boys compared to girls.

The boy who doesn't wantonly stare may actually have a deeper emotional attraction and more respect than the boy who only cares about your looks. It's important to feel attractive, but not flaunting your sexuality will make it easier to recognize the kinds of relationships you really want. What works to attract men to a movie won't necessarily lead to the kind of relationship you want in real life.

I don't think you need to go into more detail than that, and it can be brought up in the context of wanting to buy immodest clothing, or a "why are boys so stupid?" discussion.

My son will get the opposite discussion, that girls sometimes underestimate the effect they have on boys, so don't assume immodest dress or manner is the invitation to intimacy you think it is. If you want a meaningful relationship, seek to look past that and build and emotional connection.

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+1 for "don't assume immodest dress or manner is the invitation to intimacy you think it is". This is a message more boys need to be hearing. –  Meg Coates Oct 14 '13 at 2:59
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No amount of fore-thinking is too much thinking when it comes to knowing what's coming down the pike for your kids. Just want to straighten that out. I have 5 and I've been thru that quite a bit, with a lot more coming.

Any conversation similar to "why is that kid staring", we've had with our child in question well ahead of the time that they might ask. I'd say that we're highly proactive with our kids, setting up rules and imparting information before such issues come to the fore.

You're thinking ahead. That's good. Take advantage of it and act ahead.

To answer the question about HOW do you do it, I think it starts by taking your comfort and tossing it in the bin. A lot of people avoid these conversations because it's uncomfortable. I understand it, but it's a goofy reason. It does nothing but get in the way of, as you said "reality".

The wife had the "feminine hygiene" conversation with my oldest daughter (my eternal gratitude for that), but we both talk to her about the social aspects. It's an ongoing conversation for us and likely will be for several years.

So my daughter is huge for a 12 yo. She's 5'9" or something, D-cup, 150# or so. I forget how it started, but we were talking about nothing one day and I felt an opportunity. So I just told her flat out "You've a large chest for a girl your age." She didn't scream or cover her eyes or any nonsuch... this is the relationship I have with my kids. she just said "I know, that's why I won't hug Mikey cuz he's short" and then we just talked. I told her about how boys will treat her, how men may treat her, and how she has my permission to knock the everloving crap out of any kid that puts his filthy mitts on her. She told me about her friends, other girls in her classes, and how she's caught boys (and girls) staring, but she just blew it off.

The point is that I treated it as nothing special. I just flopped it out there as part of whatever the conversation was. I didn't alter my language, mood, location in the house, nothing.

I submit that that's what you do... Just talk plainly. Don't make a big fuss about it because that will make it awkward. Just tell her what you know in plain words, keep the conversation simple, and listen to her (both verbal and non-verbal) as she converses with you. You may even learn something.

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Thanks for the reassuring words about thinking :) I guess I'm not sure how to impart caution and independence without transmitting fear and suspicion (or outright incredulity and rebellion). –  Benjol Oct 16 '13 at 18:59
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You're gonna have to be frank with the child.

The Conversation wont be pretty.

Sex is a intense pleasurable experience between a man and a woman, And the breasts are the main thing that men find attractive, It's very hard to know exactly why but heres a couple theorys.

  1. Men dont have them
  2. Animals are attracted to animals ass's but men arnt behind woman most of the time so we are attracted to breasts. and the reason that we like them bigger is because they look more like ass's

Know the extreme pleasure thing might make her want to have sex because it sounds fun. But if you guys are christian then luckily you can just tell her she'll go to hell if she does it before wedlock...If you arnt then tell her about accidental children and how it will most likely ruin her entire life.

Sources: I'm a 13 year old boy, I've had almost all the awkward conversations.

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