Nurse Leslie was amazing. So approachable and explained in an age-appropriate manner. It was such a special opportunity to do this with her girlfriends, so they all learned together. Thank You!
– Tammy –
Both my daughter and I loved the class. Your approach and personality were exactly what the girls needed to feel comfortable about puberty and periods. You made the environment comfortable for the girls and moms. It was a great conversation to have in a group setting. Thank!
– Stacey –
On behalf of our 5th-grade moms and daughters’ group, I just wanted to thank you for your time and leadership. I have been getting positive feedback from the families participating in the sessions. I know that Leah and I found the time very valuable and will continue discussing all the topics.
– Julie –
Great class! I loved the ease and comfort you made the girls feel. You normalized what can be so scary. My daughter and I both thank you.
The class was uplifting and totally refreshing. I wasn’t expecting such a positive experience. It was a pleasure to see our girls express themselves and easefully talk about things that were concerning to them. By the completion of the class, the girls and moms felt so much more comfortable with both puberty and periods and felt much better about future conversations.
– Nina –
It was a positive experience for my daughter and me. You created a fun and creative environment of critical thinking and positivity. I’m now prepared and feel comfortable having future conversations with my daughter. Thank you so much!
– Sonja –
The rollercoaster of life has twists and turns - especially when it comes to raising kids. One of the most thrilling twists on this journey is the transition from childhood to adolescence, better known as puberty. While it can seem like a daunting journey, with the right resources and a positive mindset, it can be an exciting time for both you and your child.
Parents of tweens need to know when puberty begins so they can recognize the markers and support their children as the transition of body and mind progresses. It's just as important to understand when the process of puberty comes to completion.
When Does Puberty Begin?
Puberty typically begins around the ages of 8 to 13 for girls and 9 to 14 for boys. It's important to remember that these ages can vary greatly from child to child. Puberty is like a personal growth chart, and your child will develop at their unique pace.
Signs of puberty in girls may include breast development, body hair growth and the onset of menstruation. For boys, it might manifest as an increase in height, deepening of the voice and the growth of facial and body hair. For both, look for bigger and smellier feet and the arrival of body odor!
When Does Puberty End?
The journey through puberty doesn't happen overnight, and there isn't a one-size-fits-all finish line. On average, puberty lasts about 4-5 years, and it tends to be complete by the end of the teens. This isn’t the end of changes– it’s really the next phase: the transition from being a teen to a young adult. Brains continue to develop until age 25, bodies evolve constantly over the course of a lifetime and our emotions and perspectives change as we grow and learn, but the physical and emotional journey of puberty is typically over by age 19.
How Can You Support Your Child?
Here are some tips to ensure your child has a positive puberty experience:
Open Dialogue: Create a safe and non-judgmental space for your child to ask questions and share their concerns. Talk openly about the changes they're experiencing and what to expect.
Educate Yourself: The more you know, the better equipped you'll be to guide your child.
Be Patient: Puberty can be a confusing and emotional time for your child. Be patient, empathetic and understanding as they navigate these changes.
Encourage Healthy Habits: Promote a balanced diet, exercise and proper sleep to support their physical and emotional well-being.
Respect Privacy: Your child may need more privacy during this time. Give them the space they need while maintaining your role as a caring and involved parent.
Seek Professional Help If Necessary: If you need help or another perspective, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s doctor or to look to me for support!
Remember, the journey of puberty is a part of growing up, so embrace the rollercoaster ride and enjoy!
Looking for another good resource? I highly recommend the book The New Puberty, by Louise Greenspan, MD, and Julianna Deardorff, PhD. Find it by clicking here.
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