PARENTING

This Is So Awkward: Modern Puberty Explained

Rodale Oct. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780593580950. $28. CHILD REARING
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Pediatrician Natterson (The Care and Keeping of You) and Bennett, cohosts of The Puberty Podcast, present a no-holds-barred guide to the aptly named awkward years. Their book covers everything from mental health and eating disorders to pornography and sexually transmitted infections. Studies show the puberty process often starts two years earlier than older generations experienced, and the authors explore why that is and offer science-backed conclusions. Every chapter includes a section that educates parents on how to talk to their teenagers about their changing body, and Natterson and Bennett also give young adults the opportunity to share what they wish their parents had warned them about. The book also incorporates pointed advice about how to discuss sexual orientation, gender identity, and menstruation and best practices for using inclusive language.
VERDICT A definitive resource, helpful for parents interested in steering conversations with their teens.
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