Answer the early questions kids have about bodies, such as the differences between boys and girls and where babies come from.
But don't overload them with information — just answer their questions.
If parents have appropriate expectations, teens will likely try to meet them.
Without reasonable expectations, your teen may feel you don't care about him or her.
But it's important to make a (somewhat artificial) distinction between puberty and adolescence.
Most of us think of puberty as the development of adult sexual characteristics: breasts, menstrual periods, pubic hair, and facial hair.
These are certainly the most visible signs of puberty and impending adulthood, but kids who are showing physical changes (between the ages of 8 and 14 or so) also can be going through a bunch of changes that aren't readily seen from the outside. Many kids announce the onset of adolescence with a dramatic change in behavior around their parents.
In other words, there's a wide range of what's considered normal." Looking for a roadmap to find your way through these years? Expect some mood changes in your typically sunny child, and be prepared for more conflict as he or she matures as an individual.Parents who know what's coming can cope with it better. Starting to talk about menstruation or wet dreams after they've already begun is starting too late.Give your child books on puberty written for kids going through it. There's nothing like knowing that mom or dad went through it, too, to put kids more at ease.Practice empathy by helping your child understand that it's normal to be a bit concerned or self-conscious, and that it's OK to feel grown-up one minute and like a kid the next.