Parental influence is one, and possibly the single greatest, of the major factors in determining the sexual behavior of young people. Yet, many parents and caregivers tell me that they aren’t sure how to begin talking with their child about puberty and sex. If you feel this way, you are not alone. Our resources for puberty education can help parents build confidence in how to educate their children.
Most of us did not have good models for sex education at home. Our own parents probably didn’t talk with us about growing up, body changes, relationships, and sex… or they might have handed us an outdated book or given us a lecture about avoiding pregnancy. Either way, their attempt might have been sincere, but an epic fail.
Now that we are the parents and caregivers, we find ourselves without a good road map. The good news is that today’s parents want to do better and not feel awkward when faced with lots of questions from a curious child. Fortunately, there is a lot more puberty information for parents available now. Even if your child is getting great sex education at school, parents and guardians are the only ones who can teach children about their family and religious values. So, wield your influence, and let’s get started!
To help you be the hero of your child’s puberty story, Puberty: The Wonder Years has assembled many tools for your use. These blog posts provide parents and caregivers with information and resources that will help you have ongoing chats with your child about growing up. Many of these topics have been suggested by parents like you!
If you have a question you would like the Puberty Lady to answer that’s not already covered in our puberty resources for parents, please submit it via our Contact page.
Books About Puberty for Parents/Guardians and Children:
Having “The Talks”:
- Are You an “Askable Adult”?
- Puberty for Parents
- Let’s Talk About Sex
- Talk Turkey
- How to Teach Puberty Education at Home
Healthy Childhood Sexual Development:
- Q & A: Early Development
- Ages & Stages of Healthy Childhood Sexual Development
- Sexual Development in Late Childhood: What to Expect?
- Healthy Sexual Development for Middle to Late Childhood
Parenting and Important Topics:
- Q & A: Imitating Porn
- Q & A: Bathroom Privacy
- Kids and Porn
- Kids on Computers
- How to Block Pornography on Your Child’s Devices
- Menstrual Hygiene Day
- Musings on a Father’s Day
- Respectful Relationships: Lessons for Life
- Why Talk About Masturbation
Teaching Consent to Children:
- Teaching Consent: Lessons for Young Children
- Amaze Parents Interview About Consent
- Sexual Harassment & #MeToo
- Sexual Messages & Sexual Assault: How Can Adults Help?
School and Puberty Education:
- 3 Ways to Start the School Year Right
- Back to School Tips & Topics
- Ready for 4th-Grade Puberty Education? YES!
- Parents As Partners in Puberty Education
- Family Engagement in Puberty: The Wonder Years
- Sex Education in Elementary Schools: Mixed Gender or Gender-Segregated?
- How Can We Remain Silent About Puberty? Part 1
- How Can We Remain Silent About Puberty? Part 2
- Home-School Partnership Is Key
- Why Teach Puberty At All