Teaching boys about self-care after puberty

As a child progresses in development, the mother knows that there will be times when she needs to have conversations with her child. Some of these conversations can be relatively easy, but more often than not they’re a little difficult.

Some of the hardest conversations to have with children are about sex, sexual activity and puberty. The physical and emotional changes taking place in her child can be difficult for everyone to deal with, and it can be made more difficult if the mother is caring for her son.

When mom has to talk to her son about puberty, it can be uncomfortable. However, these are conversations that need to happen. It’s important that your son knows what’s going on in his body and what he needs to do to take care of it.

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Hard or not, we now know it has to happen, but how can mom go about it? We’ve put together a guide for mom to use in this conversation with her son to make sure he’s taking care of his body and mind.

The basics

There are some aspects of this conversation that are going to be easier than others, so it’s always good to go through the basics first. According The joys of boys, the basics of puberty are hygiene. As a boy grows, his body will begin to undergo physical changes. And some of them can have nasty side effects. They will start to have facial hair and they will start to emit body odor.

The best way to have this conversation is to not have it. Instead of sitting down and talking about hygiene with your son, give him some sort of gift basket. Put everything they will need in there and, when you give it to them, guide them. Explain that they need to use deodorant every day, maybe even more than once on a hot day. Provide razors and shaving cream, and even one of those “manly” body washes to make sure they get really clean.

How to handle the penis

This is perhaps one of the trickiest conversations to have because not many sons want to talk to their mothers about their penises. However, their penis goes through some of the biggest changes throughout puberty. According Teaching sexual healthit’s not a part that can be skipped, no matter how difficult.

Changes happen with the penis during puberty, which means they need to make sure they take care of it properly during this time. This is true both for boys who have been circumcised and for those who have not.

If your son is uncircumcised, you may need to tell him that he needs to make sure his son cleans the area around the foreskin properly when he bathes to avoid infections.

If you’ve ever told him about “erotic dreams,” he should know how to deal with them as well. This includes changing clothes and sheets, but most importantly knowing that they are normal, and as long as he takes care of himself, there is nothing to worry about.

mental workload

When we think of puberty, we often think of all the physical changes that are happening. We forget that there are certain mental aspects that we have to take care of. Your son is going through a lot of changes quickly, which can take a huge toll on his mind and sanity. Add to that the hormonal changes and your son probably needs some personal care.

According KidsHelpLinethere are some things your son can do to make sure he takes care of his mental health. One of the best things for him is to exercise. It can help him train his changing body and clear his mind.

Making sure they eat well is another great way for them to take care of themselves during this time. Encourage them to watch their food intake, and that the right foods will give them the energy they need to feel better and to support their bodies through their changes.

It is always important that we teach our children to take care of themselves, and it is not always limited to puberty. However, in a time when everything is changing rapidly, your child may be overwhelmed by everything that is happening and forget that they have to take care of their body and mind.

Sources: The joys of boys, Teaching sexual health, KidsHelpLine

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