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Everyone dreads awkward personal conversations, but this at-a-glance guide will help you find the right words so your daughter/the girl within your care knows you understand puberty in girls like her and the changes that come with it.
Knowing what you’re talking about will help you to relax and that will put your daughter at ease, too, helping her feel less self-conscious. For useful tips on how to share the facts on puberty in girls, see Period talk – a little less embarrassing.
WHAT TO SAY: The physical changes and emotional development don't always happen together. It's possible that you could begin to mature emotionally before any physical changes happen, or the other way around. In other words, you may feel older but still look like a child, or still feel very young but look grown-up. At least if you’re more aware of what's happening, you’ll find it easier to deal with.