Puberty is all about change. And change can be stressful… for all parties concerned. But there are a few things that almost always make change easier, and that’s knowing what to expect, knowing that you’re not in it alone, and talking to people who have been there before.
We can help the kids – and ourselves – through this stressful time by being informed, open, and available. Here are some links that can help answer questions (and offer support for you as well!)
KidsHealth.org: Parents– This is one of the best sites out there, and I always recommend that the kids start here first. They’ve got sections for kids as well as teens, and it’s run by doctors, updated often, and has a great search function.
Your Teen For Parents: The trusted resource for raising teenagers– This site is great and has useful tips for raising teens, from health, school, technology, relationships, alcohol and drugs and more. They have regularly updated posts, as well as an “Ask the Expert” section.
There are tons of great resources out there, and no matter what your question or concern, there’s probably another parent who’s been through something similar. And just like it can help the kids to talk to people who have been there before, it can be hugely helpful for us adults as well.
More useful resources:
Videos for the kids on all things health related: Brain Pop/ Personal Health
You Tube channel with awesome videos for girls: Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls