Understanding Normal Puberty

As a teen you should understand the changes in your body as you develop. Parents are often unsure about normal pubertal stages.

This simple slide show reviews the normal stages of adolescent puberty without graphic content

http://children.webmd.com/early-puberty-10/slideshow-puberty-stages

Girls Health.gov

Website geared for girls between the ages of 10 and 16 with information regarding their body, nutrition, feelings, bullying, safety and other useful information while transitioning form a child to adolescent.

www.girlshealth.gov

Center for Young Women’s Health

Website brought by Children’s Hospital Boston working in collaboration with gynecology and adolescent and young adult medicine providing young girls with information on nutrition/fitness, emotional health, gynecology and other topics that affect young girls.

www.youngwomenshealth.org

BAM-Body and Mind

Website created by the Centers for Disease Control for children 9-13 years old.  Providing information to assist children to make healthy life choices.

www.bam.gov

Young Men’s Health

Website brought by Children’s Hospital Boston providing health information to teens boys and young men.  Website is designed  to improve their understanding of normal health and development.

www.youngmenshealthsite.org

Teens Health

Website that provides honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life.

www.kidshealth.org/teen

Sexuality Education

This page is an excellent resource guide for parent and patients regarding sexual and pubertal education for teens and adults with chronic conditions or disability.

www.med.umich.edu

Books about Puberty

Osborne Facts of Life series

http://www.usborne.com/catalogue/catalogue.aspx?cat=1&area=S&subcat=SFL

What’s happening to me? (boys)  9+

Paperback :ISBN: 9780746076637

  • A sensitive, detailed and informative guide to male puberty, invaluable for young boys and parents alike, tackling key subjects from physical changes to emotional ones.

What’s happening to me? (girls)  9+

Paperback : ISBN: 9780746069950

  • A sensitive, detailed and informative guide to female puberty, invaluable for young girls and parents alike, tackling key subjects from physical changes to buying their first bra.

Osborne facts of Life Growing up   10+

Paperback: ISBN: 9780746031421

  • A very approachable and reassuring account of exactly what happens in the body at puberty.
  • Includes informative sections on sex, contraception, sexually transmitted infections and drugs, as well as advice on healthy eating, exercise and hygiene.

Osborne Facts of Life Growing up for Girls   9+

Paperback: ISBN: 9781409534976

  • A straight-talking book to prepare girls for the exciting and sometimes daunting emotional, psychological and physical changes as they approach puberty.
  • Includes helpful tips and fact boxes, as well as quick quizzes and quirky illustrations throughout.
  • A safe and reliable way to explore all sorts of burning questions – a great comfort kept on a bedroom bookshelf to dip in and out of.

With a focus on staying happy and confident, this book covers all the topics that girls want to find out about, including moods and feelings, periods, what happens to boys as they grow up, diet, eating disorders, exercise, body image, sex and relationships, contraception, sexual health, self-confidence, drink and drugs, exam stress, cyber bullying, and staying safe – both out and about and online.

The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls (American Girl Library) 1998

ISBN: 156247661

ISBN: 9781562476663

 

Fiction books to prepare Girls for puberty.

ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET

Judy Sussman Blume     Age 10 ‑ 13

JOHNNY MAY

Robbie Branscum    Age 9 ‑ 12

THE LONG SECRET

Louise Fitzhugh    Age 9 ‑ 12

I KNOW YOU, AL

Constance Clarke Green    Age 11 and up

LEAP BEFORE YOU LOOK

Mary Slattery Stolz    Age 12 and up