Talking to your kids about puberty
As unbelievable as it seems, the little winky you used to clean with a baby wipe will eventually grow big and hairy, sooner than you can ever imagine (a shocking sight for a mom when you haven't seen it in awhile!).
There are some great books that deal with not just the physical changes but all the other stuff that comes with becoming a boy with usable body parts. I like What's Going on Down There? by Karen Gravelle. It covers a lot more than just body changes--things like sexually transmitted diseases, homosexuality, rumors about who's having sex with whom, contraceptives, girls' body changes and many other topics, all done with humor and some appropriately silly drawings.
I gave this book to my curious and mature eleven year old (I read it first) and he really enjoyed how the material was presented and that he could get a lot of his questions answered without having to ask mom (or even dad) embarrassing questions. This book has also led to some frank and lively conversations by introducing the topics that then became jumping off places for further discussions.
Our boys need to be armed with information about their weapons of mass impregnation!
Books are a great way to open up the conversation about puberty for both boys and girls. Here are some more good books about puberty:
- The Care and Keeping of You (American Girl)
- My Body, My Self for Girls, Revised 2nd Edition
- Ready, Set, Grow!: A What's Happening to My Body? Book for Younger Girls
- The Boy's Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up YOU
- My Body, My Self for Boys: Revised Edition
- On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow!: A "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Younger Boys
- It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
- Sex, Puberty, and All That Stuff: A Guide to Growing Up
How has the puberty conversation gone in your family?
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