Puberty info for parents

Want to do some homework before talking about puberty with your child? Here are some books, websites, leaflets and courses to get you started.

Puberty info for children

A list of useful, easy-to-read books and leaflets about puberty, body changes and growing up, specifically written for children.

Starting periods

Tips for parents on when to talk to girls (and boys) about periods, and what to tell them.

Boys and puberty

What happens to boys' bodies during puberty. Includes growing hair, erections, deeper voice and wet dreams.

Girls and puberty

What happens to girls' bodies during puberty. Includes growing hair, breasts, periods and moods.

Girls' and boys' puberty Q&As

The common questions that boys and girls ask about puberty, including what will happen to my body and when.


Talking to your child about sex

When is the right time to talk your child about sex? In this video, members of the public give their opinion and an expert explains why it’s important, how to approach the subject and what information is appropriate to your child’s age.

Media last reviewed: 12/06/2014

Next review due: 12/06/2016

Teen girls 15-18

Read about teen girl health issues, including healthy eating, skin problems and having sex for the first time

Teen boys 15-18

Turning into a couch potato? Want the truth about drugs and safer sex? Find out how you can get yourself sorted

Child health 6-15

Information on child health, including healthy diet, fitness, sex education and exam stress