Puberty is the period during which children reach sexual maturity, thus becoming capable of reproduction. Most parents dread having ‘puberty talks’ with their children. The dilemma that most parents face is 'when' and 'how' to 'talk'. The right time to talk is before children reach puberty. Hence, pre-teens is the best age to inform children about the upcoming changes in their bodies.
Puberty is a curious phenomenon. The article Puberty 101 for Parents — At a Glance published in planned parenthood.org says 'Understanding what’s happening to both sexes helps satisfy children’s healthy curiosity, reassures them that everyone goes through puberty, and builds respect and understanding about the other sex. Learning about puberty in both sexes also helps children understand how reproduction happens'.
It is very important for parents to understand that it is important to talk about puberty to children. They must also have a clear idea about the information they need to pass on to their children.
For more information on ‘how,’ ‘why’ and ‘when’ to have 'the talk', flip through the ClipBook below.
Puberty can be a challenging time for children and their parents. Puberty is the time between childhood and adulthood when girls and boys mature physically and sexually.
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For many boys, puberty can begin at 10 years old. Start talking with them about it at around 8, and there will be plenty of time to discuss what will be happening, and what is normal.
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