Ask the Educator: “Hygiene”

Question: I don’t want to be mean, but why do some of these kids smell so bad? I think many of us have been in a situation where we are near someone who may not smell pleasant. We often don’t talk about this issue because it seems awkward or rude. But that’s exactly what Ask an Educator is all about – talking about things we don’t normally talk about. There are a few different causes for this, especially among young people. Some families cannot afford soaps, detergents, toothpaste, deodorants, and menstrual products. So young people in these families may be going without clean clothing or may lack the supplies to Continue reading →

Ask the Educator: “As a parent, what if I don’t know enough about puberty?” Part II

Question: I’m a single mom with a son. I want to talk to him about puberty but, to be honest, I don’t really know what to tell him. What should I do? This article is a continuation of the October article on changes related to puberty. If you want to read part one, which is focused on the physical changes associated with puberty, you can find it here. This article will focus on the some of the emotional and social changes that occur in a young person’s life as they grow into teenagers. Teenagers are often described as moody and with reason. Hormones and rapid brain growth can change how Continue reading →

Ask the Educator: “As a parent, what if I don’t know enough about puberty?”

Question: I’m a single mom with a son. I want to talk to him about puberty but, to be honest, I don’t really know what to tell him. What should I do? Talking about puberty can be a difficult conversation for parents. Talking about changing bodies, sexuality, and growing up can be uncomfortable for both parent and youth. However, these are very important conversations to have. You can prevent a lot of worry and discomfort by addressing puberty early on. But what do you say? This article is to provide you with a general guideline to what happens during puberty. This article will focus on physical changes but there are Continue reading →