Taking to Teen Son about Hygiene
01-15-2019 01:48 AM
Re: Taking to Teen Son about Hygiene
01-15-2019 11:16 AM
Welcome to the forums and thank you for making your first post! It takes a lot of courage to come online to talk to other parents, and we really appreciate you reaching out!
I am really sorry to hear your husband passed away a few years ago- I can imagine that must have been hard for your family
Talking to kids about puberty, changes to their body and general sexual health can be a really challenging conversation to start. That being said, I would agree with you that this is a really important conversation to have with your son to ensure that he is healthy and understands it is okay to talk about any concerns he may be having with his body and hygiene.
For a lot of young people, starting a conversation about puberty or changes to their body might be challenging, so meeting him halfway and opening the discussion so he knows he can talk to you might be a good place to start. Does he have any other male role models in his life who he might be able to turn to for these conversations as well?
Another option you could access is to take him to the doctor for a check up, and have the GP first start this discussion. Many GPs will have a discussion with young people explaining the changes their bodies are going through, and help them look out for signs of any issues in their development. This might be a way to broach the discussion and build your son's understanding of some of the health implications he may have as he gets older and what to look out for.
What are your thoughts? If you were to to talk with your son about his reproductive health, have you thought about how you would start this conversation?