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.
When your child was very young, it was your job to guide their choices and strongly impress your opinion upon them. That was the right thing to do.
If you have a daughter who is about 5 to 7 years old, now is the time to begin special talks with her about her body. My description for the spirit behind these talks is “celebration.” Helping her understand how she is special as a girl is something to be celebrated.
Little girls are curious about where babies are growing inside the mommy’s tummy. They are also a little confused because they thought food was in mommy’s tummy. Using some anatomy terms, we can easily erase the confusion.