Going through puberty can be awkward and confusing for tweens.
Thank goodness for puberty books for tweens written by folks who are way smarter than me about the topic!
As a parent, I always want to make sure my kids have accurate information about the changes happening in their bodies.
Back in my day, puberty education was pretty limited.
I remember having a very weird sex ed class in the 6th grade that didn’t answer any of my questions about my changing body and left me more confused about puberty than ever.
Maybe you got a puberty pamphlet in school or had an embarrassing talk with your parents.
All I know is the majority of folks my age didn’t receive the type of puberty conversations that kids today need. Our children are exposed to so much information (and misinformation) online and from their peers.
We need to have open, honest, and continuous conversations with tweens throughout puberty.
That way, they know they can come to us with questions and we’ll provide facts without judgment.
How do you educate tweens about puberty?
Hopefully, you’ve been having age-appropriate conversations with your child about their body from a young age.
As they enter puberty, those talks will get more detailed about the specific changes ahead.
It’s understandable if you feel unsure how to have these conversations yourself. It’s also understandable if you don’t have all the answers.
In addition to talking to my kids’ pediatrician, I also read books about puberty for tweens to educate myself so that I can be a better teacher.
Provide tweens with puberty books they can relate to
Reading books together is a great way to initiate puberty talks with tweens.
Educational books present facts in a relatable, approachable way that both of you can understand.
One piece of advice–make sure to preview any book before sharing it with your tween. You want to know for sure that it covers topics in a way that is appropriate for their age, development, and family values.
The right puberty book will get you both comfortable discussing this important developmental stage.