How to Talk to Your 5th Grade Son About Puberty, by Dr. Brad Schwall
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Schools typically offer talks for boys and girls about puberty in the 5th grade. Issues specific to school include personal hygiene and respect and confidence concerning the varying rates of growth and development across children. At home, you will want to address other aspects of development to help your child feel at ease about the changes happening and to counter false and inappropriate information that may be shared by your child's peers. Though the conversations may not be comfortable, the information will help your child feel comfortable. The conversations can occur over time and in response to teachable moments.
How to Describe Puberty
During puberty, the body produces hormones, chemicals that lead to growth. This growth includes the growth of hair on the face and pubic region, voice change, and growth in height and muscle tone. Emphasize that everyone develops at different rates.
When describing the changes, use direct language and proper names for body parts and bodily functions. Normalize physical changes related to sexuality by describing them as natural physical responses and signs of growth and a maturing body.
Discussing Body Odor
Encourage your son to grow a strong mind, a strong body, and strong character during this time. He needs 9-10 hours of sleep and a healthy diet. As peer pressure intensifies he needs strategies for resisting pressure and role-models who show him how to be respectful and responsible. Talk with him about ways he can do his best in school, make good choices about that he views and hears, eat well, and be respectful and responsible. Turn what could be an awkward stage into an opportunity to grow strong by supporting, guiding, and encouraging your son.
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