As doctors, we are very well versed in talking about bodies, puberty and sex. In the office and amongst friends, we hear parents having difficulty using correct names for body parts and explaining how babies are made. We noticed that these amazing moms and dads, out of fear for saying the wrong thing, retreated to saying nothing at all.
At Turning Teen, we strongly believe in helping parents start these conversations with their children. We aim to provide direct, informative and honest information about puberty and sexuality.
So the dreaded letter from school arrives in the mail. It is a warning you that your child will soon be learning about puberty in school.
What will the letter say? ?
The girls and boys will be separated to learn about puberty.
As a parent, you have the ability to preview the puberty video if you come to the office and request a viewing. (How many people actually take the time to do this???)
You have the right to excuse your child from this lesson (Please don’t do this!)
So what should you do? ?
Talk to your child FIRST. Don’t let school, their friends, or the internet be your child’s first teacher on this topic.
Seek help if you need help talking about puberty. Use a book, ask your doctor, or simply sign up for Turning Teen. :) As pediatricians, Dr. Carrie and I talk about puberty every single day – so take advantage and learn from the experts!
So how does a mom and daughter that has been to Turning Teen react to this letter?!?! ?
With a big smile. And a lot less worrying and scrambling because Turning Teen graduates are comfortable, knowledgeable and body literate.