WHAT TWEENS NEED TO KNOW It is important that tweens seek the right information regarding puberty and sex. Peers may be eager to talk about the topic but they may not have accurate information to share. Thus, talking to parents and teachers about sex is a better source of information. Tweens may feel awkward approaching their parents with sex questions, but they may be the best resource.
Additionally, hygiene is increasingly important for tweens. At this age, deodorant use should be part of the daily routine for tween boys and girls. Specifically for tween girls, the use of sanitary pads and bras is important to master.
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO DO Parents need to keep the channels of communication open at all times; but during puberty it is especially crucial. Providing tweens with age-appropriate information promotes safety, health, and helps them develop a positive appreciation and respect for their bodies. Parents need not fear having the sex talk with children; on the contrary, an open and ongoing dialogue about sex in a factual and natural way will be the most effective approach to keep your tweens safe.