Although your adolescent is pushing for freedom, especially if they are a young teen, a loss of boundaries is going to make him or her feel insecure. Certainly, the boundaries must begin to change because they are not children anymore, but they still need them.
If your son is an adolescent and in the midst of puberty, you probably reflect back upon the days when he was 5-7 years old as being an easier time. He looked forward to being with you and when you had something important to explain to him, he wanted to hear it. It is surprising to most parents when their son makes the transition to adolescence. There is a noticeable change in his emotions, and his response to them.
If your daughter is approaching 8-years-old, now is good time to introduce her to the structures in her reproductive system. As surprising as it is to most parents, most young girls this age are entering early puberty. So, this is a good age to prepare her for the changes that are coming.
It’s important that our sons and daughters have an opportunity to learn about the other half of the story about the reproductive system.
It seems to most parents and adolescents that puberty is mostly about changes in the reproductive structures. That is true, but it is actually the brain that is orchestrating the maturing process. [Read more…]