HOW TO TALK ABOUT PUBERTY
DJ1: It’s a alright for sure. Morning Sharon Witt.
SHARON WITT: Good morning. Makes me wanna talk it in Anglo-Saxons for the whole morning you know.
DJ2: Yes, you could if you wanted to.
DJ1: I pronounced your name incorrectly?
SHARON WITT: Incorrectly.
SHARON WITT: Let’s do that shall we?
SHARON WITT: Yes?
DJ2: How are you?
SHARON WITT: I’m good. Let’s give a little shout-out to one of our beautiful students Beck Goldsmith, and she’s in hospital today waiting for a liver. And if you, I mean, no want talked about, you know, in the media, about being an organ donor. But if you.
DJ2: I’m not on the organ donor register.
SHARON WITT: Please do it. Big shout-out to Beck. Good morning. Love you.
DJ1: We are talking about puberty today.
SHARON WITT: Yes, and all these people in the car are going “ah”, at the traffic lights.
DJ1: You bring a couple of books?
SHARON WITT: Yes, I have.
DJ1: And we’re gonna give away a couple of books a bit later on. But, take us through.
SHARON WITT: Well, puberty is a great topic. It’s actually one of my favorite topics, believe it or not.
DJ1: When is the right time to have a chat though?
SHARON WITT: Not now, not at the traffic lights on the way to school. But I think you really need to be gauging with your own children where they kind of ask. You know, I think you don’t want to do it too early but I think, you know as your kids are sort of getting older and they start to sort of understand a bit more about their bodies, just gently ease into discussions generally about your body. I mean, you don’t wanna do it sort of you know, you uni probably just a little bit laid parents. So if you’re sitting there and you’ve got a uni student, they’ll know.
DJ2: Is it, is there the right approach like what do you have to do?
SHARON WITT: yeah, look, I think every child is different and you’ll deal with it with different children. But, I think, really you need to just have an ongoing sort of discussion such like you would with any other subject. But, do not shy away from it and think “oh, this is too scary and I don’t wanna talk about it”. And I think avoid having the “talk” you know “on 15th of July I’m gonna pencil in the talk”. You don’t wanna do that.
DJ1: More natural.
SHARON WITT: You just wanna have ongoing discussions. Yeah, when thing come up talk about it.
DJ2: What if there are some parents out there who are just freaking out and just think they can’t do, that they’re gonna do a bad job. What would you suggest to try, are other options.
SHARON WITT: Absolutely, cause for some parents it is really really scary, you know. I just don’t wanna talk about it with my child. And some children are like you know “la la lala, don’t come near me. I don’t wanna talk about it with you”. So, I think you know, it’s good to find positive role models perhaps in their own life. There might be other adults in their life that can talk to them. And certainly at school we do cover up puberty, so some kids actually feel more comfortable talking to their teachers or other people or not. But, you know, now in my own classroom I have a bit of a secret, a secret box. And kids can write questions when we’re actually looking at puberty. So they can write anonymous questions and I make sure that I answer it at some stage during the lesson. So.
DJ1: You’ve written two amazing books about this topic.
SHARON WITT: I have. I love these books because I love puberty.
DJ1: Yeah, okay. Well, we all like it. It was good for all of us eventually.
SHARON WITT: You know, I write these books because I couldn’t find any great, Lucy sorry I had to put you up. I write these books because I couldn’t find anything great out there for young children because some kids are going through puberty at like ten and eleven years, you know. Ten, you know, so early.
SHARON WITT: And I wanted to find, I couldn’t find a book that just didn’t go to into everything. So, I wanted to really safe great books.
DJ1: I went to puberty very early.
DJ2: Did you?
DJ1: It’s probably more than you need to know.
SHARON WITT: Lovely.
DJ1: Well, this guy sort of ten year or so and goes with a hairy back.
SHARON WITT: Too much information.
DJ2: I’m blushing, I feel red in the face. Sharon, these books you got here, I’m looking through them, they are funky books. It’s not like a book which is just words. There’s just pictures and diagrams and there’s, it’s awesome. Is this a book that you can read as kid by self or do you read it with your mom or does mom read to kid or how does this work?
SHARON WITT: Well, some kids actually have them by their bed and just flick through and read them and some parents have actually emailed me and said I’ve read it with my child and we read a bit each night. But the thing is, all the questions in it that I’ve answered some of the kids have emailed me and said “it’s like you’re in my head, how did you know I had those questions?” But, I’ve collected those questions over about ten years and so, I haven’t made them up. They’re questions that real kids have. So.
DJ2: What these books here for boys?
DJ1: It’s boys and girls.
DJ2: And then there’s girl book, which pink.
SHARON WITT: Yes, and I both cover each other’s information. So the girls have stuff about boys and boys have stuff about girls. So, if, yeah, if you want to get a hold of them, they’re at teentalkbooks.com you can go have a look, you can flick through some sample pages.
DJ2: We’ve got a couple to give away.
DJ1: Let’s give away some books.
DJ2: We’ve got two packs. So, if you have a child who is perhaps going through the big “P” word, and you want some help with that.
DJ1: Puberty Lucy, puberty.
SHARON WITT: Ken’s been through it.
DJ1: I’ve been there. It wasn’t fun at the time, but it’s alright now.
DJ2: Hey, SMS in 0428899899, tell us why you would like these books. We would choose us some winners and Sharon is gonna post them out to you. How cool is that? Thank you for that Sharon.
DJ1: Thank you Sharon.
SHARON WITT: Thanks guys.
DJ2: She loves puberty. She loves it.
SHARON WITT: I do. And, apologize to my students who are in the car this morning who went “ah, Mrs. Witt, did you have to?’