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This book combines 20 years’ experience, with the medical advice of experts, to create an empowering guide for girls. It’s jammed packed with need-to-know info, messages of respect and positive vibes to help our girls face puberty with confidence.
Teaching sexual health in schools has been a part of my job for 25 years. During this time I have created a unique program that has helped thousands of teens embark on puberty more confidently. I’m proud to say this program (along with questions submitted by 560 tweens in my recent online survey) now forms the basis of my latest resources for families and schools.
With the help of comics, real-life stories and inspiring quotes, girls will learn about body parts and how they will change, be guided into the world of periods, get tips on how to care for their body and emotions (including their brain) and develop a mindset for enjoying life now and into the future. It’s fun, engaging and purpose built for young minds aged 8 – 12.
SECTION 1: Talking to Adults
Who is a trusted adult – Choosing trusted adults – Feelings about puberty
SECTION 2: Puberty Basics
What is puberty? – When will it start? – What should I expect? – Stages of Puberty
SECTION 3: Hello Private Parts!
The inside bits – The outside bits
SECTION 4: Body Changes
What changes will happen – Growth spurts – Breasts and nipples – Pubic hair – Even more hair – Curves – New feelings – Menstrual cycle (and periods)
SECTION 5: More About Periods
Your first period – About pads and tampons – Period tracking – The emergency period pack Handling leaks – Buying period essentials – Talking to dads about periods – Period pain and PMS – And more….
SECTION 6: About Boys’ Bodies
Basic changes boys go through – How to be a good friend to boys
SECTION 7: Looking After You
How to care for your changing body – Facts about pimples – About sleep, exercise and play – Protecting your body – Tricky questions
SECTION 8: Inside Your Brain
Brain changes – What this means for you – How parents can help – New friends and ideas – Liking someone – Bad hair days
SECTION 9: The Future
More conversations – Becoming an adult you – Puberty to-do list
Your Puberty Vocabulary Guide
To help you get a feel for the tone of the book I have chosen the first few lines of some of my favourite pages.
Page 7. Meet the Characters
I’d like to introduce you to the characters that Steph, the AMAZING illustrator of this book, and I created for you. Flip the page to meet Olivia (who loves sneakers – she even wore a pair to bed once!), her cupcakes obsessed guinea pig called Sprinkles, the Puberty Fairy (the magic-dust throwing kind) and a bunch more. I hope they all bring a smile to your face, help you learn, and (most importantly) make talking to trusted adults a lot easier.
Page 16. Talking to the Right People About Puberty
Talking to the right people about puberty and your body is really, really important. You don’t want to talk to just ANYONE about personal stuff. Imagine going up to a random person and saying, ‘Hey dude, what is puberty all about?’ That’s not a conversation for strangers or people who aren’t SUPER trustworthy.
Page 116. Using Pads
Wearing a pad might feel weird at first. You might feel like you have a brick sitting between your legs, but I PROMISE you will get used to it really quickly. The thinner the pad, the less you will feel it. And if you buy pads which are especially designed for younger girls, they will fit your body better.
Page 202. Brain Changes
They call this process brain pruning. Imagine it being like pruning a bush, but it’s your brain! The big question: How does your brain know what to prune and what not to?
Pruning withers away the neurons which you don’t use. It doesn’t get rid of anything important — just unnecessary stuff which is cluttering or slowing things down in there. It wants to work as effectively as possible. It also strengthens the neurons which you do use. Your brain will keep pruning until you are about twenty- four years old. After it has finished, your brain will be built around the things you like to do and are good at.
p 206. Your Parents
It might help if you see your parents or carers (or any trusted adult for that matter) like a spare Pre-frontal Cortex that will kick into action every now and then (just like a spare tyre when the one on your car is flat). You can use their logic when yours isn’t around. When you are much older your own Pre-frontal Cortex will remind you to brush your teeth, pack your school bag and eat healthy food. In the meantime, your family is likely to do that. They aren’t a bad asset to have on your side.
This book wouldn’t be the same without the 560 tweens who submitted their questions about puberty anonymously in my recent online survey. If your tween participated, please thank them and let them know that I considered each question very carefully. And then let them know they will find the answers somewhere in this book.
Amazing illustration and gorgeous, accessible fun language. This book is a fantastic way to educate young people on the changes taking place in their incredible bodies. It is up to date, factual, and most importantly engaging for even the most trepidatious pre-teens. It will help young people to understand, embrace and take care of their beautiful bodies setting them up with self-esteem and body confidence into adulthood. A must have on the shelf for parents of young people finding their feet.
Dr Peta Wright – Gynaecologist and fertility specialist
If I could put this book into the hands of every tween girl, I would. It’s the book I needed when I was growing up! For every parent who struggles to talk about puberty with their kids, Michelle is here to help. Parents everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief.
Rebecca Sparrow – Author of Find Your Tribe (and 9 other things I wish I’d known in high school)
As an educator, I have seen many puberty books over the past 28 years. These books are BY FAR the most creative and well researched I have ever seen.
Sharon Witt – Educator and author
This book has been so timely for my girls, and it so RELATABLE. It brought a calm, reassurance to a tricky topic. Big thumbs up from me!
Cathy G – Mum of a tween girl
They are at the age when self-exploration and discovery is already happening, and I want to be at
the helm of it. I want my girls to be well-informed, and prepared. This book did all that and
more. It really helped important conversations flow.
Mari-shell S – Parent of two tween girls
This book helped me get involved in my girl’s world. It’s challenging to know how to respond to hormones and moods but this book gave me an understanding of what they needed from me as their dad. Perfectly written. Lots of humour. Worked in our home.
Darryl S – Dad of two tween girls
A Girl’s Guide to Puberty and a Guy’s Guide to Puberty (and the accompanying teachers manual and video series – COMING SOON) are perfect for Years 5 and 6 classrooms.
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