PEP Talk: Parent Education Program
Talking About Puberty
A father and his 11 year old son have just finished playing a competitive basketball game. On the way home, the son hands his dad a bottle of water and the dad notices his son’s body odor. Dad has wanted to discuss puberty for a while and sees this as a good opportunity to do so. While the father is uncomfortable at times, he senses that the most important message about these body changes he can convey to his son is that they are normal and everyone goes through them. He also makes sure his son knows to come and talk to him whenever he has questions. Dad tries to keep this conversation light by using some humor but focuses on laying the groundwork for future conversations.
- How Not To Talk To Your Kids: This video uses humor to demonstrate an ineffective approach to discussing puberty
- Puberty Framework Outline: This outline shows how this vignette fits into a healthy conversation framework.
- Puberty Conversation Starters/Scenarios: “Conversation starters” are actual phrases you can use to introduce the topic of puberty. “Scenarios” represent situations that may arise and offer opportunities to open a dialogue with your kids.
- Male reproductive system.
- Female reproductive system.
- Developmental Sex Education Table: See a child’s sexuality development from birth through the teen years in order to tailor your conversations to your child’s needs.
- Basic Healthy Conversations Framework: Here are some helpful steps for healthy and meaningful conversations.
- 10 Tips for Good Communication