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Maybe you tried to forget it or maybe you still cringe when you think about it, but let’s face it – puberty was not fun. Hormones are running high, acne is popping up everywhere and our body changes from what we once knew. It can be emotionally hard to manage and parents play a vital role in preparing their teens for these changes.
It can be an uncomfortable subject to talk about and Diana Maniev, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, recommends having multiple, smaller conversations to discuss puberty instead of one larger one. While continuing the discussion with your children, be sure to touch on these subjects:
Having these conversations can be uncomfortable for each of you, but it will only help your children prepare for the next stage of life. Dr. Maniev recommends instead of having a serious sit down, casually bring up questions during a car ride, while washing dishes together or another activity where each child does not have to look at you but still can converse with you.
If you want more information on what they can expect, what is “normal” – or someone to help start the conversation – talk with your children’s physician for additional resources.