This Is So Awkward
Modern Puberty Explained
by Cara Natterson, MD; Vanessa Kroll Bennett
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 10 Jan 2024
Rodale Inc., Rodale Books
“An accessible, enjoyable, and detailed road map for addressing even the most delicate topics with confidence and compassion.”—Lisa Damour, PhD, author of Untangled, Under Pressure, and The Emotional Lives of Teenagers
Almost everything about puberty has changed since today’s adults went through it. It starts, on average, two years earlier and stretches through high school . . . and for some, beyond. Gens Z and Alpha are also contending with a whole host of thorny issues that parents didn’t experience in their own youth but nonetheless need to understand: everything from social media and easy-access pornography to gender identities and new or newly-potent drugs. Talking about any of this is like puberty itself: Awkward! But it’s also critical for the health, happiness, and safety of today’s kids.
Bewildered adults have begged for reliable and relatable information about the modern adolescent experience. This Is So Awkward answers their call. Written by a pediatrician and a puberty educator—together the hosts of a lively and popular podcast on puberty, and moms to six teens between them—this is the handbook everyone has been searching for, and includes:
• Pointed advice about how to talk to kids about almost anything: acne, body odor, growth spurts, eating disorders, mood swings, sexuality, and more.
• Science-based explanations for all of puberty’s physical, emotional, and social changes, including the many ways hormones affect kids both above and below the neck.
• What adults needs to know about today’s teen culture: their mental health drivers, the un-gendering of body image issues, the ways they think about sexual orientation, and more.
• Invaluable commentary straight from young adults just out the other side of adolescence that highlights what they wish the adults in their lives had known or done differently.
Eye-opening and reassuring, This Is So Awkward will help adults understand the turbulent pubescent decade and become confident guides for today’s kids.
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I have 10 year old, and found this book so very helpful! I really love the way it is organized. Each topic includes a section with the science behind the issue being discussed, then a consideration of how prevalent information and attitudes have shifted over the past few decades, followed by an extremely helpful section on how to discuss the topic with your child. There are also Live From The Trenches stories from young adults who have specific experiences in the relevant areas to share. It makes this not only an interesting informative book but a very helpful reference that allows you to skip around and find what you need most, be it information or a discussion guide, quickly. The writing style is easy and engaging and I found it immensely helpful.
Thank you Dr. Cara Natterson, Vanessa Kroll Bennett, Rodale Books and netgalley for the e-ARC. Opinions are my own.
I am a nurse; my husband teaches fourth grade and I have 3 nieces/nephew. I feel like even though we all (as adults) have gone through puberty, like they say in the book, times have changed. The ages which puberty is starting is earlier, in some cases it lasts longer, and the things we did 20 years ago when we started puberty have also changed. I am so glad this book is also inclusive to transgender children as I feel as a practitioner, I know little about how puberty will affect them. I feel like if you spend ANY time with children/teens you need to read this book.
This was exactly what I needed. I have two young teenagers and we have entered an era that I was not prepared for. Things are so difficult and different now than when my parents were raising me. This book helps. Written in an honest and clear way it is a must have for parents. I cannot wait to get a paper copy.
This was such a helpful book! I loved the format, I like that each section covered the "why" and explained what was happening biologically and otherwise. I thought the actionable advice was spot on. I also really appreciated that the authors emphasized where there wasn't a clear answer. I would definitely recommend this to all the caregivers in my life!