My daughter of 13 is going through puberty and believe it or not this is the first time I am really motivated to know more about puberty. Especially knowing what is going on and what you should or shouldn’t do as a parent. You can wander why should you even bother to know more of a period that yourself went through. Moreover why bother when you already have kids who went through puberty. You should by now be a specialist on puberty. Well I can only say that every child goes through puberty in his or her unique way. I went through puberty being bad tempered ,obstinate and misunderstood. My first two daughters seemed to have each other (they are still apart from being sisters also best fiends) and as parent only once in a while they seem to require my assistant. Our church with the young peoples activities also contributed to a smooth puberty of my 2 oldest daughters. So puberty issues were being dealt with without my involvement. But now I see my daughter of 13 having mood swings and I want to know more of that. I want to be there for her notwithstanding my limitations and own life challenges. We talk more about her life and day to day experiences. Thank God she likes the attention. So my asking her a lot of questions is not “awkward”. She also shares her experiences with her older sisters, sometime they appear to be a better counselors just because they are more aware of the “signs of the time”. One thing I know for sure is that my daughter of 13 can count on 3 people being actively involved with her puberty!
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