How to Talk to Your Kids About the “Birds and the Bees” (The Patrick Madrid Show)

Let’s dive into a conversation that many Catholic parents ponder over: “When and how do I have THE talk with my kids?” 🤔🐦🐝 Patrick Madrid received a question from a concerned mom, Sandra, who was wrestling with this very question. Sandra and her husband have two boys, aged 9 and 11, and they’re at a crossroads about who should lead this delicate discussion and when.

Patrick’s advice? Go for it, but with a strategy!

👨‍👦 Father Knows Best? Yes, says Patrick. He leans towards the idea that dads should initially take the helm, when it comes to their sons. The magic age? Eleven seems to be the sweet spot, considering the societal influences kids are exposed to today. Why dads? It’s about creating a comfortable space for questions and understanding, minus any awkwardness.

👩‍👧 Moms, You’re Up for Daughters: Patrick shared how, in his own family with 11 kids, he chatted with his sons, while his wife chatted with their daughters.

🌳 The Walk-and-Talk Method: Ever considered a heart-to-heart in a cemetery? Sounds gothic, but Patrick found this serene setting perfect for “the talk.” Why? No distractions, just peace, making it easier to chat about becoming a man, the changes to expect, and the birds and the bees, all wrapped up in a message of love, growth, and the beauty of life’s cycles.

🤣 Keep It Light, Keep It Right: The discussion doesn’t have to be a somber affair. Infusing humor and keeping a light-hearted tone can help ease any tension. Remember, it’s about opening a dialogue that continues as your child grows, ensuring they know they can always come to you with questions or concerns.

📚 School Talks & Peer Chatter: Patrick emphasizes the importance of parents taking the lead before schools or friends do. Misinformation is rampant, and a guided, loving conversation from a parent can set the right foundation for understanding sexuality in the context of love, marriage, and procreation.

TL;DR: Patrick champions a thoughtful approach to discussing sexuality with children, aiming for an atmosphere of openness and trust. The goal? Equip kids with knowledge, grounded in faith and family values, ready to navigate the world informed, confident, and connected to their parents. 🌟

Your Turn! When did you have “the talk” with your kids, or how do you plan to approach it?

Material in this episode may not be appropriate for sensitive ears. 


Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.