Are you the parent of a pre-teen and are unsure of how to approach the often awkward or uncomfortable conversation about puberty? It is great to feel prepared and informed about going into this conversation so you and your pre-teen can feel safe and supported to learn and grow together.
Puberty can have significant effects on the emotions of teenagers and pre-teens. During puberty, the body undergoes many physical and hormonal changes, which can affect the way they feel and behave.
Here are some ways that puberty can impact emotions in teens:
Here are some steps you can take to talk to your child about puberty:
It's important for parents, caregivers, and educators to understand these emotional changes and provide support and guidance for teenagers during this time. Encouraging open communication, without judgment and providing a safe and supportive environment will foster your child’s wellbeing. Seeking professional help when needed can be helpful for pre-teens and teenagers during puberty as it can be difficult for them to speak to close family members about this often awkward topic.
Parents and caregivers are valuable during this time as they can model healthy emotional expression and coping skills such as stating their emotions and engaging in self care. When parents/caregivers take care of their own mental wellbeing, they can better support their pre-teens. Everyone goes through puberty and emotional changes are expected and we all know it can be a tricky time, however these steps can help your child feel safe and supported.