Earlier this month, Sam (pronounced KEER-sten) wrote a post about her son Chicken (pronounced SOO-doe-nim): Chicken is thirteen and knows if he likes girls or if he likes boys, but sometimes when he mentions it he gets a reaction like he's too young at thirteen to know that information.
I am very interested to know if my kids like girls or if they like boys, and I would like to know how much more time I have to wait to find out. So my question for today is: How old were you when you knew?
My mom says I had boyfriends as early as kindergarten (I do hope Alfie still regrets dumping me), but my own personal memory of actual attraction starts in third grade. I liked boys. I didn't even have that early stage a lot of girls have where they develop a few crushes on girls or female teachers: I went right to crushes on boys and never stopped. So for me, the answer was clear at age 8 or 9. By age 13, it couldn't have even been raised as a topic of discussion, it was so set. BOYS BOYS BOYS BOYS BOYS. Boys!
But I know people develop at different rates, and I had classmates who didn't show any interest in boys OR girls even in high school, and I also know a lot of people are more of a mix and so need more time to figure it out, so I'd like to get a bigger sample than just me and Chicken. How old were you when you knew what was what?
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