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Talking to Your Child About Puberty

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Today, kids are exposed to so much information about sex and relationships on TV and the Internet that by the time they approach puberty, they may be familiar with some advanced ideas. And yet, talking about the issues of puberty remains an important job for parents because not all of a child's information comes from reliable sources.


Don't wait for your child to come to you with questions about his or her changing body - that day may never arrive, especially if your child doesn't know that he or she can talk to you about this sensitive topic. Keep reading to learn how you can talk to your child about puberty.


Timing Is Everything

Ideally, as a parent, you've already started talking to your child about the changes our bodies go through as we grow. Since the toddler years, your child has been asking you questions. And most of your discussions probably come about as the result of these inquiries.


It's important to answer your child's questions about puberty honestly and openly - but you shouldn't necessarily wait for your child to come to you to initiate a discussion. By the time a child is age 8, he or she should know what physical and emotional changes are associated with puberty. That may seem like a young age to know about "adult" topics, but consider this: some girls are wearing training bras by age 8 and some boys begin to grow facial hair when they're just a few years older than that.


With girls, it's imperative that parents talk about menstruation before girls actually get their periods. If they are unaware of what's happening, girls can be frightened by the sight and location of blood. Most girls get their first period when they are 12 or 13 years old, although some get it as early as age 8 and others get it as late as age 16.


On average, boys begin going through puberty a little later than girls, usually around age 11 or 12. But they may begin to develop sexually or have their first ejaculation without looking older or developing facial hair first.
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