Puberty is a juncture between childhood and adulthood. A child goes through several physical, social, emotional and cognitive changes. During these crucial times, a child needs support and guidance from everyone around them, especially their parents. It is also essential to prepare the child in advance about the changes puberty brings.
Talking about puberty openly is still considered taboo in the Indian society. Thus, the needs of preteens and teenagers are currently being overlooked, which leads to children being disconnected from their family, which leads to finding information from untrustworthy channels. Discussing puberty changes with their parent is awkward for a child, fearing that the parents might react negatively or the situation will become problematic. However, urban parents are becoming more conscious of their child's needs and are trying new methods to communicate the facts and values to their growing children. However, parents are not well equipped with today's struggles of growing up and, therefore , require assistance.
The product titled '(un)comfortable talks guide', helps parents get reacquainted with puberty information in a modern context. It also counsels in making small lifestyle changes to accommodate the child more into household responsibilities and provides platforms to strengthen the family bond. The flashcards help parents start a conversation around puberty changes with a child according to the subject of the parent's choosing. The cards give a chance to parents to lead the discussion by using the suggestions given at the back of the flashcard.
Conversation starter, Family bond, Parents, Preteens, Puberty information