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When should I start talking to my child about her body?

You can begin the discussion with your child about the human body as soon as he or she is old enough to talk! Young children should understand how special their bodies are and should know the proper names of their body parts. As children get older and begin to notice differences between both boys and girls and children and adults, they can start to learn more of the specifics about the changes that will occur as they grow into adulthood and when they can expect them to happen.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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