Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Can You Talk 'The Talk'? MANY PARENTS AND TEENS FEAR A CHAT ABOUT PUBERTY COULD BE TOE-CURLINGLY EMBARRASSING. TV PRESENTER NADIA SAWALHA AND HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER DISCUSS THE BEST WAYS TO ADDRESS THE TOPIC

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Can You Talk 'The Talk'? MANY PARENTS AND TEENS FEAR A CHAT ABOUT PUBERTY COULD BE TOE-CURLINGLY EMBARRASSING. TV PRESENTER NADIA SAWALHA AND HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER DISCUSS THE BEST WAYS TO ADDRESS THE TOPIC

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NO matter how close you are to your kids, there are always going to be conversations that are difficult to have with them. One of the hardest, of course, is talking to teens about puberty, both because it's a sensitive, very personal subject, and because teenagers are very easily embarrassed Indeed, new research suggests 68% of parents are unsure about how to even start the puberty conversation, and a quarter avoid the talk completely, leading to more than half of teenagers (53%) obtaining information and advice from friends and the internet.

Yet it's clear parents want to help their teens - 76% of mums and dads say they'd like their teenager to see them as the first port of call for help and advice, and 49% of teens said they were happiest speaking to their mum about such personal issues.

WHO NEEDS THE HELP? BUT although it's teens who need advice, it may be parents themselves who need the initial help to discover how best to initiate and then have a successful chat about puberty.

So TV presenter and mother-oftwo Nadia Sawalha has teamed up with Boots to help launch a guide, #TeenTalk, to help make the process easier.

Nadia, whose daughter Maddie is 13, says: "As a mum, I understand all too well the challenges of communicating with teens. They suddenly go from wanting to tell mum everything, to one-word answers, and you can't solve things with a quick cuddle or a sweet treat.

"First shaves, first periods and new personal hygiene and skincare regimes are all unfamiliar experiences for teens and can be difficult topics for parents to approach."

She points out that this is the first generation of mums going through the puberty conversation with a child so connected to social media, and says: "It's difficult. Just like our teens, we're figuring it all out as we go."

AWKWARD CAMPAIGN expert and 'teenologist' Sarah Newton says: "The teen talk can be awkward because parents and children probably haven't had a conversation that's this important yet, and we put lots and lots of pressure on ourselves to get it right."

The #TeenTalk research found that only a third of teens are comfortable talking about personal care (body odour and skin), just a quarter are comfortable talking about bodily changes during puberty. …

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