Ready to talk about puberty? Here's what you need to know

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Are your kids behaving strangely?

Are they more emotional?

Are they smellier than usual?

Are they sleeping a lot?

Are they growing constantly?

Congratulations, fellow mom! You might be the parent of a child going through puberty. As the mom of two little boys who are quickly sprouting into young men, I've had a lot of conversations lately about body changes, emotional changes, and what's going to happen in the weeks, months, and years to come. While I'm certainly not an expert on parenting or puberty, I can tell you that there are a couple of things I've learned from all of these talks.

First off, stay calm. Everyone goes through puberty. Everyone sprouts hair. Everyone develops new feelings and has new experiences. You don't need to panic or freak out when it's time to talk with your kids. They're going to go through puberty no matter what, so you might as well be cool about it. Staying calm means they will, too.

It's also important to be honest. Never lie to your kids. Use proper terminology when you're speaking about their body parts and give realistic explanations when they ask you questions. Don't get too goofy or silly when you're talking. It's important to give your kids the information and the tools they need to know when it comes to growing up. While it's fine to crack jokes sometimes, don't use this as a way to mask nervousness.

Finally, get some resources. I like Guy Stuff: The Body Book For Boys. It's a simple, easy-to-understand book that's perfect for my kids, who are eight and 10. We read this together, but I also leave it easily accessible so that if the kids have questions they are too embarrassed to ask, they can look up information in the book. While many puberty books dive into sexual relationships as part of the guide, this one focuses on body parts, changes, and staying healthy. I loved that there are sections on hygiene, too! 

Have you talked with your kids about puberty? What are some of your favorite resources? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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