Puberty Talk - Who Should You Talk to
Puberty is a crucial period in your life. It is a phase when your body and emotional state goes through immense transition. While you pave your way through this life-altering stage on your own, you must learn to talk about it too. The phase brings with it several changes, and this, in turn, will lead you to have many questions about puberty and life in general. That’s when you can reach out to your near and dear ones for guidance.
There are several people in your life who you can talk to and clear your doubts. Even when it feels like there’s no one around, you just need to reach out to any person that you know or who are comfortable with. In most cases, help is just a call away.
Talk to an Adult
Remember that puberty talk is best done with someone who can give you the right answers and who you are comfortable with.
It is quite tempting to go and talk to your friends or peers and discuss puberty. However, it could be possible that they too have several unanswered questions or depend on unverified sources like the Internet. Sometimes, they may also hold misconceptions, believing in which may be more harmful for you. Therefore, you should refrain from talking about puberty with your friends and colleagues.
Instead, talk to an adult who you trust. They can be a parent or a guardian who you can approach and ask personal questions without any hesitation.
Contrary to what you may think, it does not have to only be your mama. Remember that puberty talk is best done with someone who can give you the right answers and who you are comfortable with. So, it can be your mama, your dad, an elder sibling, or a mentor.
Pick the Right Time to Talk
The timing is very important and will drive the way your discussion goes. Whoever you choose to speak with, avoid approaching them when they are busy. Suppose you decide to speak with your mother, do not initiate the conversation when she is busy conducting other chores. She may not be able to attend to you and address your questions immediately or effectively. Instead, reach out to her when she is free and winding down in the evening.
Similarly, if you choose to talk to someone else, schedule a time beforehand.
To make puberty talk a lot easier, you can jot down your questions and concerns on a notepad or a journal before approaching your trusted adult. This way, you won’t miss out on any questions.
Starting the Puberty Talk
Find the right person, find the right time or moment, and talk your heart out.
It is completely natural to feel awkward and embarrassed before and while talking about puberty. But don’t let this awkwardness stop you from obtaining clarity. It can be a huge relief when you have answers to the questions that have been ‘eating you’ for a long time.
Above all, it will also help you better manage puberty and every change that comes with it.
While gathering the courage to talk to someone and starting an actual conversation may seem daunting, the key is to just start. Find the right person, find the right time or moment, and talk your heart out. It may be a small query about a change that you are observing in your body or something that you read. Whatever it is, talk to someone and you will feel a lot better. Start today!