It might be time to begin preparing your 9-10-year-old daughter for her first period. This is an uncertain time for young girls. Although they tend to be uncomfortable talking about it, I have noticed how much they appreciate an opportunity to ask questions and learn what to expect.
If you have been following my blogs, you know that I encourage parents of boys to begin teaching them about their body as early as possible.
Being kept at home, away from friends, with limited fun things to do is very difficult for adolescents. These ideas take very little planning and will certainly be encouraging for everyone.
Don’t be surprised if your adolescent son starts describing really risky activities he is planning to do. Things like jumping off of high places into the water, scary skateboarding jumps he’s perfecting … the list goes on and on. From the time he’s around 12-years-old until later in his teens, he is experiencing a rapid change in his brain. You’ll notice changes in his emotions and his ideas. You can’t change what’s happening up there, but you can be informed and use it to your advantage in some ways.
Dad is typically a little surprised at the changes he sees in his daughter as she becomes an adolescent. He will need encouragement and a little direction to help him navigate the important role he has to inspire and support his daughter on her path to becoming a young adult.