One of the biggest parenting challenges is how to talk to your kids about the hush-hush topics? Like Puberty both in girls and boys?
I remember we only got the version of information that a friend’s friend would tell. Something we heard by eavesdropping when elder sis or bro was having a conversation about it with friends or maybe something we watched on TV and the channel was abruptly changed in the middle.
Moving to Canada with a growing boy meant a lot of challenges. Many people said to me …oh yes you can afford to go cuz you don’t have a daughter. Well to all those who think that only people with girls have a challenge when they are growing up, it’s not true. Both girls and boys have equal issues when it comes to puberty and protective environment.
Curriculum in Canada actually tells them in grade 5 about the whole puberty process…..because average kid hits puberty in Canada at the age of 11 or 12 so they need to be prepared for what’s coming.
Most of the parents from our community actually don’t allow their kids to sit in health class due to religious and cultural reason. Some people don’t send their kids to school on those days. But one can control the presence in class but what about the 2nd hand information that will reach the kids in the conversations during passing through corridors or sitting in the cafeteria?
The challenge gets real here when the kids have access to technology and internet 24/7 and all such stuff to create more confusion in their little mind is one click away. How do you monitor the subliminal advertisement or a suspicious pop-up website opening in a new window?
Living in a world where they have access to all information in the curriculum as compared to the world where I grew up where still this is not the information you can go and ask your parents about?
How did I cope up with these challenges as a mother in this part of the world?