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.


[MUSIC] Puberty is another one of those things that all people go through and so, Yup you got to talk about it. It's also one of those things that makes everyone uncomfortable when you talk about it. The reality is that everybody goes through puberty at his or her own pace and different timing. In addition, your child needs to know what happens to boys if she is a girl, and boys need to know what happens to girls. Your child's development will determine how much and when you say what you say. But it is critical that you say something. The good news is that with our children two to seven years old, they've been seeing you naked, and so they know what happens to bodies as you get older. They know that hair grows on parts of their bodies and that things start to change. They get taller. Dif, your genitals change in their looks. So things change. But with out older kids, and those are eight to, through teens, here's the tricky part. They don't want to talk about it. It's like m, m, m, m, m, don't go there mom. They get embarrassed, they're uncomfortable. So this is a good age for you to have that book, whatever it may be, and there are plenty of good ones on the market. Just lying around. It's important to keep an eye out on your child so you can see when the changes are starting to come. And that you have open lines of communication so you can discuss the acne, the stinky pits, the darkening moustache, the breast buds, so you need to buy a trainer bra or a sports bra. All of those kinds of things. But that direct conversation. Is going to come out in bits in pieces over the course of growing up. For sure, they're going to know more than you think they know. they will have seen it, heard it, heard from their friends, watched it. It's really important that your child feel comfortable coming to you and talking about it because we want you to give your child the right information. And not for him to believe everything he reads or hears. Good luck. [MUSIC]

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