Without a doubt, one of the hardest parts of having a child who is fast approaching the tween years is the increasing need to explain the changing body. Puberty doesn't scare me. Talking about puberty doesn't scare me.
But like many kids, my daughter is not a big fan of talking about her body with me. Considering her mother once sat through a sex talk with her fingers in her ears as she chanted "la, la, la, la, la" (I was such a mature kid), I suppose this is nature's way of getting back to me.
But whether she wants to talk about it or not, puberty is coming, and she has to hear about it -- if not from me, then from a book.
But what book? The market is rife with books on sex and hormones and growing up, but the problem is not all of them are really that good.
More than a few out there are too condescending to kids, others too cutesy or just plain inaccurate. So I did what any mother would do in my situation ... I reached out to other moms to find out what books they'd read with their kids!
Here's a round-up of the best choices for girls, for boys, and some that work for kids of both genders.
What is your go-to book about puberty for kids?
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