My 9 year old has been slightly curious about puberty for a couple of months. So very glad a I bought the book “Whats happening to me?” It is age appropriate and provides just enough detail. She took it to her room and read it cover to cover and them asked a few questions, which we answered openly. I have since been told what some of the other kids in class are saying – so glad she has the right information! As much as we might try to avoid the topic – we must arm our kids with proper info re puberty.

Posted anonymously, 16th May 2016

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  • Girls reach puberty younger than used to be the average. Some show early signs of heading towards puberty at 9 years of age, so there will be talk amongst the girls at school. I noticed it with a 9 year old relative but didn’t comment until she said something to me.


  • We’ve been addressing it as things come up ( like me being pregnant), so my kids are pretty well informed, but it hasn’t been a big lump of information for them to absorb.


  • Good on you for being open. That’s what I plan to do too


  • Unfortunately kids talk a lot at school about things we don’t think they’re ready for. Children who have older siblings tend to have that little more knowledge and can’t wait to tell their friends. The only solution is to inform your children in a way that they understand and doesn’t scare them. They need to know they can come to you with questions.


  • Parents need to be open and encourage communication and conversation about this topic. Books are a great source of information and age appropriate books are available in schools, libraries and bookshops.


  • Very good on you. Let’s talk openly about these things. It’s the best strategy!


  • I agree it is very important for a child to be given correct infomation on the changes that happen. Some girls go through the change while still at primary school… The wrong info could scare a child..


  • I agree with you 100%. We need to teach our children these things before they hear the rude and crude and quite often wrong things from the other kids.

    • Yep! They need to hear the correct terminology and not crude terminology.


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