There's no getting around puberty. Boys have to be prepared for the experience, and know that whatever questions they might have, someone has the answers. If your child is bracing for the changes ahead, remember that puberty is something you and your child go through together. Prepare yourselves for the changes on the way, and know that resources are out there to help you guide your tween through the ups and downs of adolescence.
Puberty is all about change, and all boys go through dramatic physical and emotional changes during puberty. Boys will not only experience voice change, facial hair, and the need to stay on top of hygiene issues. They'll also develop their mucles and experience significant brain development.
Have you noticed your son's voice beginning to change? Does it sound froggy from time to time? Or, does it crack when he least expects it? It may be embarrassing, but voice change is perfectly normal for boys to experience during puberty. And fortunately, before you know it your son's voice will be deeper and lower, without the cracks.
One of the first signs of impending puberty is a change in body odor. Be sure you and our tween know how to handle body odor issues, and that you have deodorant at the ready. It's also a good idea to reinforce that a real shower requires both water and soap.
It's a perfectly normal experience, but wet dreams can cause a lot of anxiety during puberty. Boys should understand that, like other experiences of puberty, wet dreams are normal and temporary as their bodies adjust to adulthood.
OK, this has to be addressed. Hygiene issues take center stage during puberty. Boys should know how to put their best foot forward by taking care to present themselves in a positive way. That means daily showers, showers after excercise, and basic skin care. Oh, and be sure he knows that dirty laundry belongs in the hamper, and not on his body.
Puberty can be confusing, for both parents and children. But it's not all bad. Be sure your child knows about the pros of growing up, and of changing from boys to young men. As a parent, enjoy the changes you'll see happening right before your eyes. And guide your child, step by step, towards the ultimate goal of becoming the man you always hoped he'd be.
A good book will help you and your child master all that comes with puberty development and developing sexuality. Find a book that you can read together, and don't postpone having the sex talk. Studies show that parents wait too long to pass on important information regarding sex, diseases, pregnancy and family values. Now's the time to make your point, don't let it pass you by.