PEP Talk: Parent Education Program

Talking About Puberty

(intended for ages 9-11)

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.

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