Puberty Talk No Cause for Parental Alarm Says Media Boss

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Director of parenting resource provider Jonathan Doyle says parents can have confidence when talking to their kids about sex if they have the right tools.


Having the puberty talk is no cause for alarm.

Talking about puberty to their children is a task that intimidates many parents. Founder of new parenting resource site, Jonathan Doyle says this does not need to be the case.

Doyle is the developer of several major parenting and educational resources and the release of his new Things Are Changing resource aims to give parents a unique new tool to guide and mentor their own children at an important moment in their journey from childhood to adolescence.

Doyle believes that the causes of hesitation or reluctance in the lives of many parents can be complex. He says, "Memories of awkward moments in their own childhood can often paralyse parents or delay a crucial conversation. Consistent research demonstrates that parents are still their child's preferred source of information and at we wanted to recognise that by giving parents simple, modern and easy-to-access resources that take much of the embarrassment out of what will be one of the most important moments of the parenting journey."

The new resource was developed with the input of specialists in child and adolescent education and was also supported by a large education system in Australia which saw a need for the resource to be made available to its schools and parents. Doyle said, " We were very pleased to have the support of some key people in ensuring that the resource as of the highest quality. It is such an important task for parents that we wanted both the information and the delivery platforms to be of the highest quality."

The resource in some ways needed to wait for technology to catch up with it. Doyle says that the key challenge was not so much in filming and producing the final product but in perfecting how it could be best made available to parents. "It was only due to the advent of large global media servers that we were able to take the first steps in really taking the product to parents in their homes via very high quality provision services."

The Things Are Changing resource at consists of boy and girl modules which consist of several videos in a private membership area for each parent and child as well as PDF parents manuals and downloadable PDF workbooks for children to record key areas of learning as they progress through the program.

Doyle suggests that rather than having 'the puberty talk' parents should see it as a longer and more progressive conversation that can take place over an extended period of time. The journey of puberty between a parent and a child is a journey of discovery in which a parent gauges their child's existing level of development and knowledge and continues to walk with them as they develop further. has seen a large range of interest from places as diverse as Tokyo, British Columbia and the Philippines.

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