This book combines 20 years’ experience, with the medical advice of experts, to create an empowering guide for guys. It’s jammed packed with need-to-know info, messages of respect and positive vibes to help our guys 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, guys will learn about body parts and how they will change, 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 – Pubic hair – Even more hair – Erections – Ejaculating – Body shape – New Feelings – Voice deepens
SECTION 6: About Girls’ Bodies
Basic changes girls go through including periods – How to be a good friend to girls
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 Guid
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 created for you. Keep reading to meet the one and only Adam (who is a super-friendly, super talkative kid your age), his dog called Rocket (who can beat Adam in a running race), Mr Puberty Watch (an imaginary but helpful invention) 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 68. Scrotum and Testicles
Your Scrotum has two Testicles inside of it. You might refer to your Testicles as your ‘balls’ or ‘nuts’ because, well … they do look and feel like balls or nuts! Most men’s Testicles are about the same size, though it’s common for one to be slightly bigger than the other. It’s also common for one Testicle to hang lower than the other. Testicles should feel smooth, without any lumps or bumps, and firm but not hard.
Page 104. Grooming Products
Men’s grooming products (that’s the stuff men use to take care of their facial hair) are actually available in a lot of places — both at the supermarket and specialty stores. As you get more hair, you will have lots of options to choose from — scented shaving creams and gels and soaps, brushes to apply them, disposable razor blades, electric razors. It’s pretty cool stuff! And if you have a beard, you can take care of it by using oils, balms, beard brushes, combs and trimmers.
Page 120. More Testosterone
Living with more testosterone can be tricky. Like we said, testosterone is the ‘boy’ hormone that makes boys’ bodies grow into men’s bodies. At times it can also make boys feel VERY aggressive, especially if their body is making a lot of testosterone at that time. You might notice that you (or your friends) care a lot about winning or want to be really rough when you play. The rough, competitive side of boys has got a lot to do with the amount of testosterone in their body.
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.
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)
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
I can’t thank you enough Michelle. This is more than a book about biology. This is what every boy needs to grow into a respectful man. My son and I have read and re-read it together, and it’s started so many conversations we wouldn’t have otherwise had.
Lisa M (Mother of a tween boy)
There is so many books around for girls, and this is the first book I have seen that really gives boys the information they need. He loved the comics, laughed the whole way through and had lots of questions – especially about girls!
Helen H (Mother of a tween boy)
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 or 6 classrooms.
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