Puberty

From training bras and that first period to cracking voices and facial hair, here's a parent's guide to getting your son or daughter through puberty. Learn how to help with acne, social situations, and more.

How to Talk to Kids About Sex

Can't talk about the birds and the bees? Betsy Brown Braun, author of "Just Tell Me What to Say," gives you the matter-of-fact ways to talk about sex.

Teaching Your Child About Body Care

The time to get your child on board with body care is well before puberty starts.

Should We Teach Kids About Porn?

With pornography potentially just a click away from our kids' eyes online, should we explain what it is? And how?

Quiz: Is It Time to Talk to Your Kids About Puberty?

Take our quiz to find out if it's time to have the "puberty chat" with your kid. And if it is time--have no fear! Our expert advice will make it easier.

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"I Caught My Tween Masturbating"

One parent wonders what to do now that she caught her adolescent daughter masturbating.

How to Keep Your Kids From Growing Up Too Fast

Legos and lip gloss. Jungle gyms and Justin Bieber. How to keep your kids from growing up too fast.

How to Talk to Kids About Masturbation

Help your child understand that masturbation is private but not shameful. Betsy Brown Braun, author of "Just Tell Me What to Say," shares how you can explain this natural part of growing up.

How to Talk to Kids About Puberty

It can be uncomfortable talking about the changes your child's body is going through. Betsy Brown Braun, author of "Just Tell Me What to Say," gives tips on how you can avoid an embarrassing dialogue.

4 Ways to Manage Your Pre-Tween's Unpredictable Behavior

Mature one minute, having a meltdown the next. Welcome to the erratic behavior of a pre-tween. Experts demystify this new phase.

Is My Child an Early Bloomer?

The latest on early puberty and how to help your child through it.

The Secret Life of the Pre-Tween: Respecting Your Kid's Privacy

Set a privacy policy you can both live with.

Embarrassed by Breasts

At 12, kids want to be just like their friends. What happens when your child's biological clock ticks a bit faster?

Dr. Alan Greene on Kids' Hygiene Habits

Check out this age-based guide to your child's hygiene.

Middle School Body Woes and Buddy Troubles

Jan Faull, MEd, responds to a parent's concern over her teen daughter's school-year peer-group dread.

Study: Early Puberty Signs in Kids Are Not Always Cause for Alarm

Although parents may worry that early signs of puberty in kids as young as 7 or 8 are cause for concern, the AAP says this is not always the case.

Many Girls Are Woefully Unprepared for Puberty

When and how to have "the talk" has parents confused, which leaves girls ill-equipped to handle the changes coming their way, according to new research.

Would You Throw Your Daughter a 'Period Party' Like This Mom Did?

No shame and plenty of cake: This mom celebrated her daughter's first period loud and proud with a full-on period party.

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