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Talking to Your Child about Puberty Eastern Health 2016

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Puberty
& Your Child
How to Talk to Your Child
WHEN to TALK and HOW
Start talking about puberty when your child is age 8-9. It can be reassuring for children to learn when their family members started noticing changes related to puberty. This can help them understand when these changes will happen to them. Tell your child any funny stories you can remember about this time in your life. Hearing how you felt during puberty can be helpful for your child and promote opportunities for conversations now and in the future.
What CHANGES Are They GOING THROUGH?
They May...
Pre-Teen (8-12)
become more private experience increased sexual feelings & fantasies develop crushes on friends, teachers or celebrities experience feelings towards people of any gender masturbate to orgasm face decisions about sex and drug use become more aware of their gender identity, especially if it is diferent from their birth certificate
SO NOW WHAT?
Between the age of 8-17, your child may wonder 'what is happening to me?' or 'is this normal?'
Reassure your child that puberty is normal, & it does not happen at the same time for everyone. It will last 3-4 years, and boys usually start 2 years later than girls.
Emphasize that while your child has the physical ability to reproduce (first menstruation or ejaculation), they are NOT ready for the responsibilities of parenting.
Keep the conversations open, and always encourage them to talk to you about any concerns or questions.
Eastern Health, 2016