Let’s make sure that our 11+ age sons and daughters understand what hormones are and how they are affecting their body now that they are in puberty.
We want our daughters to learn about estrogen and progesterone. The important hormone to teach our sons is testosterone.
As you can see from these two illustrations, for both boys and girls the production of the hormones we want them to learn is controlled by a part of the brain called the pituitary gland. This part of the brain monitors how much hormone is in the blood and then regulates its production in the body.
Most testosterone is produced in the testicles for the male. Most estrogen and progesterone are produced in the ovaries for girls.
I think this is an interesting 5-7 minute topic to discuss with your son or daughter who have already entered puberty. The idea that the brain is involved with be interesting to them. This is also a great opportunity teach them some similarities between puberty in boys and girls.