I titled this post ‘Usborne helps your children …’
But it probably should have been called ‘Usborne helps YOU …’
There’s so many different views on when it is the right time to tell your child about puberty and sex. But I don’t think it’s just about the facts of life, it’s about the emotional rollercoaster that comes with growing up! You should talk with your child when YOU feel the time is right.
Usborne have created some brilliant books that not only use scientific facts but they relate to a child on an emotional level, looking through them together will not only help them understand, but it also helps to build a bond between you both, so that they know they can come to you if they are unsure of anything.
I recently had to talk with my 8-year-old daughter a little about puberty, (*covers eyes, takes deep breaths & wishes she was a baby again*) after not understanding why she was like a bear with a raging head, who totally felt sorry itself … but didn’t know why!
I did some research and apparently prepuberty usually starts around two years before they reach puberty! I thought she was too young, but after searching forums it was very common, this irrational behaviour (yes, admittedly the same type of behaviour I may betray once a month!!!)
We had a little talk about what was happening to her body, we looked at some pictures on the internet but what helped most was one of the Usborne books, ‘What’s Happening to Me’. They have designed books for both girls and boys.
On page 165 of the catalogue you’ll find a range of growing up books, starting from 4 yrs+ (flip flap books), up to Age 11+ for books on the facts of life.
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