If you are raising a son who is 8-10 years old, I would like to help you prepare him for the changes he is going to experience during puberty.
If your son is in the 8-10-year-old age group, you’ve likely already noticed a change in his emotions. Although we often talk about how emotional changes are one of the expected signs of puberty, it is becoming even more clear that changes in their brains are really the primary reason for this.
Two important recommendations for parents of 8-10 year old boys.
- Now is the time to teach your son about his reproductive system so he will be prepared for the changes that are coming during puberty.
- Teach him through tiny bits of information I call the 7-minute talk.
Although they might not say it out loud, boys notice the changes happening to their friends who are developing at different rates than they are during puberty. Some will have genital development and facial hair early and start to look more like young adults. Others of the same age might not have had any obvious changes of puberty and still look like young boys. [Read more…]
How much education do our adolescent sons receive about their changing body during puberty?
The answer seems like it is less than what our daughters receive. This could be due to the fact that girls have very obvious outward signs of puberty, like the onset of menses. But I think there is another factor at play here, too, about how we educate our sons about boys in puberty. [Read more…]