And speaking of alone, that's exactly how the 19 Kids And Counting parents approach the subject: one at a time. Michelle Duggar says:
"Around the age of 11, when our kids begin going through puberty, we take one-on-one time with them to discuss what they're going through. Usually I'll talk with the girls and make it a special time out with mom — we may go for lunch at their favorite place — and I'll explain to the girls about this new season of life and how exciting this is, because they're entering womanhood."
Michelle doesn't mention when she explains to them the magical time in a woman's life when she gives the reins to her husband and becomes totally subservient.
Maybe Jim Bob talks to the boys about it? Michelle says:
"Jim Bob has said to them, 'When you were a little boy, you didn't even think about girls except for the fact that you probably were either just enjoying them as a friend to play with versus someone that you're looking at and saying, 'Hey, this person is different than what I thought when I was a kid climbing trees.”"
You'd think the kids were clued in to the presence of the opposite gender by the fact they have to cover their knees to avoid sin.
Talking to your kids about sexual development is never easy, and the sheer numbers can't make it any easier.
Presumably, while one parent is off talking menstrual cycles or nocturnal emissions, the other has their hands full with the rest of the litter.
Hmm… give "The Talk" or watch 18 kids? Not really a long and short straw situation, is it?
Well, good luck to the Duggar Family. We hope every one of their kids has a comprehensive and mature sexual education!