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Going through puberty is something that every teenager will experience, and as a parent, it’s up to you to not only explain puberty to your child, but to also be prepared to help them go through puberty successfully.
Boys and girls will experience different things during puberty, but there are certain things you can purchase or prepare for in order to help. The following are six things your teenager may need during puberty.
|Things your teenager may need during puberty|
Your child may already wear deodorant, but if they don’t, now is the time to start. Your child’s body will start developing differently, and they’ll start to sweat and smell differently too. Be sure to stock up on plenty of deodorant so that your child can stay smelling fresh throughout the day.
2. Body Wash
Along with deodorant, you’ll want to stock up on body wash. Your child is going to smell differently, and they may start to take more showers thanks to practices or general hygiene. Be sure to stock up on body wash so that your child always has plenty of options to choose from.
Whether you have a boy or girl, razors will become a necessity. Your son will start to grow facial hair during puberty, and they’ll need to start shaving regularly. Your daughter may also want to start shaving the hair under her arms as well as on her legs. Teach your teen to shave so that they can go through puberty hairless if they so desire.
4. Tampons/Pads/menstrual cup
If you have a daughter, you know that her menstrual cycle is just around the corner. Because of this, you’ll want to have plenty of tampons and pads throughout your house so that she is ready for when the day comes. Be sure to have your daughter put some in her backpack and keep at school in case it happens while she’s not at home. You should also invest in some Midol too.
5. Doctor/Dentist Checkups
During puberty, your child’s body is going to experience many different changes, so it’s important to ensure your child sees the doctor and dentist on a regular basis. Your child’s doctor will be able to assess their physical health and determine if they are growing and developing at the right time. He or she will also be able to answer any questions your child may have about the changes he or she is currently experiencing.
Your child’s dentist will also be able to assess how his or her teeth are developing and whether or not he or she needs braces or another form of dental work. Getting these issues addressed now will keep your child from having to experience braces or other oral items as an adult.
Your child’s hormones are going to be out of control, and as a parent, the best thing you can do is to have a lot of patience. Your child is going to be moody for no reason, and then happy for no reason the next. He or she is going to get angry and embarrassed with you all the time, and they’re going to be less willing to ask you for help or tell you about their life. Understand that this is something every teenager experiences, and as long as you have patience, they’ll eventually grow out of it.
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