Puberty and What to Expect



(Spoiler Alert) Flashbacks and embarrassment may occur when referring to puberty. Think of how “everything” changed after 8 years old - changing/maturing body, new social rules, embarrassment and…sex. Talking about sex is a very important job. It’s uncomfortable but needs to happen- as your information may be more reliable than peers and online.

Make sure to be available and open to start conversations. Your children are probably secretly relieved to come to you with questions about their changing body. They might not, especially if they don’t know that it's OK to ask you about this sensitive topic. Our bodies are made for reproduction, but some cultures and religions aren’t open to discussion about it.

Children, pre-adolescents, teens, and young adults are bombarded with information all day, every day. Our job as parents, mentors and advisors, is to educate and support. There are many resources online. Please ask your healthcare provider for information about puberty. It’s a temporary rough patch that leads to great things.


Sources:
raisingchildren.net.au/
kidshealth.org/
www.aacap.org/





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