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Talking To Kids About Puberty

Talking to kids about puberty and their body changes can be a squirmy proposition. The traditional puberty education in school has involved splitting kids up according to gender. It often does not include all kids’ experience of puberty, fostering shame and secrecy and alienating kids who may be gender diverse.  And often leaving kids with questions about how puberty affects their friends and classmates. 

Mistakes Parents Make Talking to Kids About Puberty

  • Don’t outsource to TikTok
  • Don’t freak out when kids ask you a question
  • Take the time to answer all questions otherwise kids will look somewhere else for the answers.

We got the expert advice from pediatricians Trish Hutchison, MD, FAAP. She collaborated on a new book You-ology: A Puberty Guide for Every Body (American Academy of Pediatrics; April 19, 2022). It embraces an inclusive gender-affirming approach and normalizes puberty for all kids. Kids may not know where to go to get accurate information about how all young people’s bodies change. By Pediatricians Trish Hutchison, MD, FAAP, Kathryn Lowe, MD, FAAP, and Gynecologist Melisa Holmes, MD, FACOG.

You-ology: A Puberty Guide for Every Body

For curious kids and parents looking to talk about puberty in an inclusive way, You-ology offers fact-based, age-appropriate, and body positive information about the physical, social, and emotional changes ahead for all kids. Helping kids understand what EVERY body goes through in puberty breeds greater compassion and empathy for all.

 The book is best suited for kids ages 9-13, grade level 4-8 and their parents.

Resources about gender diverse kids
Healthy Children (AAP Online Parenting Resource) has a great post about transgender and gender diverse kids
Healthy Children (AAP Online Parenting Resource) has another article on teens who come out as LGBTQ

About Doctor Hutchison

Trish Hutchison, MD, FAAP earned her MD at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). After completing her Pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt University, Trish returned to Charleston.  She founded and directed a young women’s health center for the Department of Adolescent Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. As an expert on adolescent development, teen sexuality, and parenting, she has been listed among the Best Doctors in America. 

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