Another is to give your child clear language for health issues: if your child says she is “itchy down there” after a summer day trip, a care provider may be looking for poison ivy and not a yeast infection from a wet bathing suit. ” And yet approximately 25% of girls experience breast budding, the first stage of puberty, at age 8 or 9 — third grade — and her first period will generally follow two to three years after the appearance of breast buds.Equally importantly is preparing your child to talk about puberty (which we discuss in the second part of this blog, Talking with Tweens and Teens about their Bodies) “Puberty!? If the girl in your life is an early bloomer, she may experience these changes before you are expecting them.Talking about bodily autonomy and teaching kids what to do if someone touches them inappropriately can be empowering — there's confidence and courage to be found in knowing they control their own body!This book teaches body safety skills, from understanding and knowing how to act on feeling uncomfortable with someone's behavior, to knowing your body — including private parts — by proper anatomical names, to building a support network you can count on when you need to talk.The same bird and bee friends learn even more detail about sex, reproduction and love, covering topics like genetics, adoption, sexual orientation, HIV, and sexual abuse in a sensitive but informative way. also introduces how bodies change during puberty, making it an excellent resource for parents of early bloomers.
With illustrations that capture a diverse community and simple, clear language that's accessible to young preschoolers, this book is a great introduction to talking about bodies.
This volume focuses on pregnancy and birth, only discusses conception briefly, in the context of cells from mother and father joining to start the new baby.
It's the perfect volume to talk about what to expect with soon-to-be big sisters and brothers.
While many parents agonize over how to answer — how much information is too much, how to answer in an age-appropriate way, and so on — having some good resources to read with your child can help.
While Nellie and Gus enjoy a trip to the beach, they have some questions about why their bodies look the way they do — and what other peoples' bodies look like.