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"Puberty changes in my child caught me be surprise"
I'ts alarming how often I hear this from parents.
Here is a tip - just like paying taxes, a sure thing in life, puberty is also a certainty.
Make sure you are prepared for it so that you can support your child.
Research shows that children who have accurate, comprehensive human sexuality education from a young age have better outcomes for their sexuality journey through life. When they have good knowledge they:
Puberty Education at home
Puberty Education in Schools
Thankfully it is compulsory (in most states of Australia) for schools to provide age appropriate, Human Sexuality education. Obviously parents are free, to opt out and remove their children from these lessons if they wish to.
In my experience, parents RARELY remove their children. Most parents understand the immense importance of Human Sexuality education for their children.
For example, the most recent school I was involved in, with over 500 students receiving sexuality education from Prep to Year 6, NOT ONE, parent removed or opted their child out of the education.
This is because of a transparent whole school approach of letting parents know what will be taught and when it will be taught. Providing parent and teacher Sexuality education to the school community is also a beneficial aspect of children's learning and support. Probably the most important outcome of sexuality education is protecting children from abuse.
Examples of Puberty Education in schools
Pictures below are of a class group activity lesson plan for 10 -12 year olds.
Cards Can Be Found On Pg 144 Of This Document:
Catching on early: Teaching and learning activities Sexuality Education Victorian Primary Schools.
In the activity below, the card we discuss the most is: 'bigger muscles' in males, we talk about how muscle size is not the only measure of strength:
(i.e. intelligence, resilience, personality, determination, skill)
and that just because someone has bigger muscles does that mean they have power over another person? A great teachable moment for respectful relationships and equality.
With 23 years experience as a Sexual Health Nurse & 15 years as an Educator, I'm delivering information & support to Parents, Teachers, Health Professionals and Young People with the aim of encouraging essential conversations about all aspects of Human Sexuality. Hope you find it useful to your situation. Good luck with your conversations, Vanessa x