Ask my almost-10-year-old son, and he will vouch that my timing has always been terrible.
Take, for instance, that time I decided to read him and his younger brother, 6, a book about puberty while they were having breakfast. Flipping through It’s Perfectly Normal, Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley’s classic text on growing up and sexual health, I read aloud bullet points on how their bodies change as they become young men.
“Body sweats more,” I intoned seriously.
“Eww,” said the almost-10-year- old, his spoonful of Coco Pops in mid-air.
“Hair grows in the armpits,” I went on, undeterred. He rolled his eyes.
“Hair grows on chest,” I finished, triumphantly.
“Mummy!” he protested. Next to him, his younger brother’s shoulders shook with silent giggles at…