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It’s great if you and your mother or some other adult have already talked about lots of stuff. Then, asking questions is a piece of cake. But in some families, talking about the body is limited to what to eat and how to take care of your teeth. Most girls need to get up their courage. They may feel awkward and embarrassed. That’s perfectly normal, but don’t let that stop you from talking to someone, because talking to someone about what you feel (whether it’s fear, worry, happiness, or confusion) is a big relief and a comfort.
It’s important for you to get the right answers to your questions.
Friends and relatives
In many families, there may be someone instead of a mother whom you feel more comfortable with, such as your stepmother, father, a grandma, aunt, or older sister. Some girls talk with a teacher, the school nurse, or their doctor. Others may know a friend’s mother who’s easy to talk to.
Timing is everything
Once you decide whom to talk to, you’ll want to choose the right time. For example, if you want to ask your mother, wait for a time that she isn’t busy doing other things. If your mother seems to be busy all the time, you may want to say, ‘Mum, there’s something I’d like to talk to you about when you have time’. This way, you won’t keep putting off the discussion.
You are the best judge of how to talk to the people in your life, but this may be one way to approach the subject. We suggest that before you have the conversation, you first write down your questions. This way, you won’t forget any. However you do it, both of you are likely to feel glad you talked.
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Exactly! Chatting about puberty with friends, family or teachers is totally normal. The more you talk about it, the more you’ll understand.