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The Parents’ Guide to Puberty

Helping your child confidently and comfortably grow into their adult body

Suitable for parents, carers and guardians of children aged 7 years and up

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Your child is going (or will go) through puberty.

Who do you want to guide them through this exciting, challenging and confusing time:

❓ Their friends

❓ The internet

❓ Or you?

But you don’t yet feel confident and equipped to have those important (yet a little awkward) conversations

Let me help you with that.

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Hi, I’m Cath and I’m a sex educator with 25 years’ experience. And I’m also a parent.

I know that having access to accurate information about their developing bodies helps kids navigate puberty more confidently.

But I also know that this is a tough thing for parents to talk about.

They often worry that they’ll get it wrong, encourage more questions than they can answer, say something that isn’t age or developmentally appropriate for their child, start too early, leave it too late, be embarrassed by their child repeating what they’ve been taught….and so many other worries that get in the way of having these important conversations. 

So I’ve created this book to give you the skills and knowledge you need to provide the support and information your child needs throughout puberty.

This book covers important things such as what puberty is all about, why it happens, when and how you should start talking, and what you should talk about.

For more than 25 years, I’ve been helping people get more comfortable with sex. I’ve answered their questions, listened to their fears, empowered them with the right information, and pointed them in the right direction. After hearing thousands of parents ask me the same questions about puberty over and over again, I’ve worked out what they want.

Parents want to know how to have honest conversations that will guide their child through puberty and strengthen their relationship without them feeling embarrassed, awkward or nervous.

But they don’t know how to start.

This book will help you get started with talking.

It will help you to:

✔️ Understand what puberty means for your child so you are fully prepared to answer their questions. 

✔️ Realise the importance of discussing puberty before it starts so your child isn’t surprised, confused or frightened.

After reading this book you will know how to:

✔️ Comfortably initiate conversations

✔️ Take advantage of conversation opportunities in everyday life

✔️ Answer questions with accurate information in a way that your child will understand

✔️ And even stall for time if you aren’t yet ready to give an answer.

You’ll also have access to accurate reliable information about what goes on inside female and male bodies during puberty, and what to expect at each age.

Inside The Parents’ Guide To Puberty

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What you (the parent) needs to know about puberty

Before you can answer their questions, I need to answer yours:

  • What is puberty?  What’s going on inside the body, what is considered early or late development, why our bodies develop the way they do, and the correct names for sexual anatomy, plus how much of this your child needs to know.
  • Do we really need to talk about puberty? Well, of course I’ll say ‘yes’. To help you feel more confident (and determined) about having conversations about puberty, I’ll explain eight reasons why this is so important to your child, and their relationship with you.
  • What changes happen during puberty? I’ll explain what to expect at different ages for female and male bodies in terms of anatomy as well as moods and feelings.

What would be helpful for your child to know about puberty

Now I’ve equipped you with all the information you need to be their guide, I’ll walk you through how to communicate that to your child, by focussing on what’s relevant and helpful to them, including:

  • How and why their body is changing
  • Personal hygiene
  • Breast changes (in male and female bodies)
  • Periods
  • Masturbation
  • Ejaculation
  • STIs
  • Online safety
  • Pregnancy
  • Sex
  • Consent
  • Sexual attraction

How to talk with your child about puberty

Next, I’ll equip you with the skills and confidence you need to have these conversations with your child. In this section I cover:

  • How to start talking about puberty
  • The most important things to get across
  • How to get over your own fears
  • Techniques for managing embarrassment (yours and theirs)
  • How to cope with spontaneous questions
  • Creating a feeling of openness so your child feels comfortable coming to you when they need help, support or information
  • How to incorporate your values in your conversations, and help your child to develop their own

Quick Reference Questions And Answers

More than 100 questions children often ask plus short straightforward answers for you to use or adapt.


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The Parents’ Guide to Puberty

Confidently support and guide your child through puberty



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Questions you might have...

The earlier the better. Something has led you to find out about this book, so ‘puberty’ must be on your mind, which means it’s probably on your child’s mind too (or soon will be). The earlier you can equip yourself with the knowledge and skills provided by this book, the sooner you’ll be able to support your child.

Puberty won’t be finished until your child is in their late teens, so there are still changes that have yet to happen. So if your child has already started puberty, it isn’t too late to be having these conversations. Inside the book, I have suggestions on how to get started if puberty has already begun.

Female bodies can start to change at around 7-8 years. Male bodies can start to change from around 8-9 years. So if your child is 7 years old or more, then NOW is the time to buy this book.

Talking about puberty might encourage awkward questions but that’s actually a good thing! As it means that your child trusts you and already sees you as a reliable source of information! (Congratulations, by the way!)

But you can relax, as I’ve got that covered for you! In the back of this book, you’ll find more than 100 short straightforwards answers to the questions kids often ask.

You’re not alone if your child isn’t comfortable talking about puberty, as other parents tell me the same thing. So inside this book, you’ll find lots of suggestions on how to get your child talking.

Not to your kids, you won’t! The first conversation is always the hardest but The Sex Education Answer Book provides tips on how to sound more natural.

If you feel like you didn’t get enough value for your money, then let me know within 30 days of purchase, and I will give you your money back. No questions asked.

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