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Teaching Puberty to 5th Graders

It is tempting to think fifth graders aren’t ready to learn about puberty and sexuality. After all, they’re just children, right?

Yes, fifth graders are typically 10 and 11 years old. However, they have many characteristics that make it important to teach them about the changes they will experience, or are already experiencing, as they move through puberty on their way to adulthood. Here are a few to consider.

Respectful Relationships: Lessons for Life

What are children learning about respect and relationships in the media lately?

Think of the images and quotes that are splashed across all forms of media.

How will children learn to develop respectful relationships in this environment?

Relationships formed in childhood, good or bad, are likely to be repeated as adults unless new skills are learned.

Media Literacy

Adolescence is a time when...

...sexual norms, beliefs, and attitudes are being formed. This makes adolescents particularly susceptible to sexual messages in media, such as television, movies, social media, and music. The parts of their brains that are responsible for critical thinking skills and decision-making are not yet developed, making it difficult for them to analyze these media messages.

Shhh...

May is National Masturbation Month.

Now, before you stop reading, please give me a moment to explain why I have decided to make this the topic of the May newsletter for Puberty: The Wonder Years.

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