Are you ready for puberty?

Are parents having the puberty talk with their children early enough?

Children need to know what is happening to their bodies at an earlier age than ever before. Are you ready to talk? Photograph: iStock

Children need to know what is happening to their bodies at an earlier age than ever before. Are you ready to talk? Photograph: iStock

“Am I normal?” is a question many children ask themselves, especially during times of great change such as puberty. But with one in four girls having their period before being taught about it in school, are children getting the answers they need?

It’s not new to talk of girls growing up fast. As a mother of three young girls, I can’t help but compare how they seem much older than I was at their age. Perhaps every generation of parents have thought this, but the age of puberty has consistently decreased in the last century and girls are becoming women earlier than ever before.

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