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“Birds and Bees”

What is the general consensus in the Torah world regarding discussing the “birds” and the “bees” with children – if at all.

Answer:

This is something of a personal issue, and there is no real consensus.

However, as a general rule, most families and communities certainly don’t expound on the issue with children, and many in the Haredi community grow up without knowing anything at all about “birds and bees.”

Yet, when children approach physical maturity, it is advisable to at the very least make them aware of the changes their bodies will experience, and the ‘challenges’ involved (technical for girls–this is often done in schools–and more ‘religious’ for boys).

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