As a parent of a teen and tween I have ‘done’ the parent talks, the talks about puberty, about sex and about friendship issues. However it is not always easy starting those conversations and it is easy to think that those conversations are covered by schools, teachers, friends and the media but it is so important that as parents that we take responsibility and have those chats too.
I have always talked to my children at age related levels and it seems to have worked. I have had a no secrets approach and always answered their questions as they arose.
Boots have launched a booklet that is available free in stores and is called the ‘Mum’s Guide’. I was invited to the Haymarket Hotel is celebrate the launch and chat it through with Nadia Sawalha, her daughter Maddie and Teenologist Sarah Newton. We chatted over cakes and shared how important it was to talk openly with our children. Many of the bloggers invited had not got to that stage yet and had younger children and I was able to share my experiences. The booklet offers some great tips for the experts and is perfect if you have a pre teen or early teen and are having the conversations.
My Top Tips for Starting the Conversation
- Find a quiet time when you are not rushed or likely to be interrupted. I have had some of the best conversations in the car whilst driving.
- Have some information to give them and share. The booklet is prefect for that as the teen may want to read it on their own afterwards.
- For girls be prepared with a range of sanitary products that are easily accessible incase your not there when they are first needed.
- Really listen to what is being said, don’t assume they know anything and everything.
To celebrate the launch in Boots of #TeenTalk I have a few goodies to give away to a reader. I have been gifted some sanitary products, facial wash ideal for teen skin and razors. This would make a great gifft to a teen and is another way to start the conversation.
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