All kids have a slightly different reaction to the puberty chat. Some find it a new and interesting topic to talk about and others put their fingers in their ears and say, “Lalalalalala…..”
No matter what audience type you are faced with – don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. This program promises to do all the heavy lifting for you. I’m here to make conversations fun and easy, and give your child the very best as they journey towards adolescence.
Thanks for having me in your home,
THE FORMAL RUN DOWN…..
Talking About Puberty is an age appropriate, yet comprehensive online program that gives
8 – 12-year-olds an important understanding of the body they were born with, and the changes it will undergo through puberty. All content is based on the latest sexual health research and Michelle’s 25 years experience teaching sexual health in schools.
Content is directed to all tweens, although separate videos are provided for boys’ and girls’ body parts and body changes. That way, tweens can view them when they are ready (please see content overview below). I hope this gives tweens an opportunity to self-pace the content provided. I’d like to firstly see them gain an understanding of themselves; and secondly, an understanding of others.
The program aims to:
- Provide medically accurate information.
- Focus on wellbeing with additional content about brain changes, body image, protective behaviours and respectful relationships.
- Emphasise the role of trusted adults and services.
- Offer an approach which is inclusive and takes into consideration the range of needs and backgrounds of all families.
Here’s a quick snap shot of what is inside:
- 13 animated teaching videos, beautifully animated with Michelle’s trademark humour throughout. Each video is between is 5 – 20 mins in length. (See below for a full overview of video content.)
- Tried and tested discussion questions to help kick-start vital conversations between parents and tweens. These are based on the most common questions tweens ask Michelle.
- Optional suggested reading tasks (linked to A Girl’s Guide to Puberty and A Guide Guide to Puberty).
MORE ABOUT THE CONTENT
Session 1: Talking to Trusted Adults
Video 1: 1.00min
Video 2: 5:45mins
- Choosing trusted adults
- Well-meaning people and how to handle them
- How to ask tricky questions
- Feelings about puberty
Session 2: Puberty Basics
- What is puberty?
- When will it start?
- How does it start?
- What to expect
- Common question kids ask
Session 3: Information Update
Video 1: 9:43mins
Video 2: 13.02mins
- Male reproductive body parts
- Female reproductive body parts
- More about the penis, testicles and sperm
- More about the vagina, ovaries and eggs
Session 4: Body Changes
Video 1: 12:46mins
Video 2: 10:56mins
- Stages of puberty
- Changes in males: growth spurts, more hair, erections, ejaculating, voice breaking, changing body shape and new feelings
- Changes in females: growth spurts, more hair, changing body shape, menstrual cycle and new feelings
Session 5: More About Periods
Video 1: 12:46mins
Video 2: 10:56mins
- First period
- Pads, tampons and eco-friendly options
- Period tracking
- The emergency period pack
- Buying period essentials
- Talking to your dad about periods
- Period pain and PMS
Session 6: Looking After Yourself
- Hygiene and caring for a growing body
- Facts about pimples
- The role of sleep, oxygen, play, water and healthy food
- More about sleep routines
Session 7: Inside Your Brain
- Brain changes
- Tips for growing a magnificent brain
- Relating to parents and teachers
- New friends and ideas
- Romantic feelings
- Handling bad hair days
Session 8: The Future
- Enjoying puberty
- Creating a puberty to-do list
- Being uniquely you
- Everyone is important
- Contributing to the world
Bonus Session: Body Safety
- Reproductive parts are private parts
- Trusted adults and unsafe people
- Laws that protect kids
- What to do if you feel unsafe
- How to help a friend
- People and places that can help
WANT TO VIEW A PREVIEW?
For a look inside the program click here. This link will take you to a secure online platform where you will be required to create an account before you can view a preview. It’s a 2 minute process (super quick and easy) but we just wanted to give you the heads up!
PROGRAM COST AND AGREEMENT
This program is available for a one-off fee of $99.
Please Note: This program is for home use only. A Tween’s Guide to Puberty for schools/organisations is available for an annual license fee. For more information click here.
COMMON QUESTIONS PARENTS ASK
Is this program for boys and girls?
This program is designed for all tweens and provides information on the body they were born with. It responds to research that emphasises that different genders are not learning enough about what the other one goes through in puberty; and that traits like empathy can be encouraged through early education about differences. Separate videos are provided for lessons on boys’ and girls’ body parts and body changes, so tweens can view them when they are ready.
Does this program represent gender fluidity?
Amongst one of the most complex issues within relationship and sex education is that of gender fluidity. As a society, we have been changing and refocusing the discussion around gender and sexuality, of which I would like to acknowledge. The research around transgender and gender diverse students is still in its infancy, with most research on gender fluidity surrounding adult participants.
This programme has aimed to use gender neutral language wherever possible. It refers to the male and female anatomy assigned at birth (with mention that children can be born intersex) and provides information about changes that most children will experience given the body they were born with.
This programme does not specifically discuss gender fluidity introduces the concept of “tricky questions”. These are questions that take time to answer and need the help of trusted adults.
Does this program discuss sexual activity?
This program is purposefully contained to body parts and changes associated with puberty, and does not expand greatly on sex or sexual activity. It does references egg and sperm meeting to make an embryo when explaining the menstrual cycle and the role of sperm.
What are the benefits of this program?
This program is firmly based on the concept that comprehensive sexual health education reduces the risk of unsafe choices during adolescence. And additionally, and of equal importance, those who have had education from trusted adults are more likely to face puberty with confidence and adapt well.
How does this program involve parents?
This program wholeheartedly recognises that one trusted adult in a child’s life is the greatest factor in their wellbeing and mental health, and that discussions about puberty lay a solid foundation for further questions. That being the case, every effort has been made to connect tweens to their trusted adults. It also aims to support conversations by offering discussion questions and reading tasks at the end of each session.
The most wonderful feedback we get is about the conversations that parents and tweens have had. Here is just a few of the testimonies we have received:
Love this! Our 9 yo grabbed it and devoured it. It’s such and approachable, non-threating book. I’m sure our big one will sneakily pick it up soon.
My daughter and I read this together each night, we are just about finished. It has been so good! It’s helped us both be more open to talking about these sensitive topics plus we’ve really bonded. There have also been a few funny conversations too.
I’m a primary teacher but bought them for my children, aged 8 & 12 yrs. So well written, relatable & great for kids. A valuable resource I’d highly recommend!
Hello thank you so much for the book. It arrived a couple of days ago and my boy has pretty much devoured it it s such great content and such perfect tone for our tweens. He s been reading it aloud to me and asking questions along the way. Even I learned things too. Thank you so much for this writing this book. Amazing work.
Just finished reading this with my 12 year old. It was brilliant and helped us communicate and discuss puberty openly. We had a laugh and my son who has mild ID learnt so much and got over some of the more uncomfortable bits. Thank you for a wonderfully informative and fun book.