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Interested in learning or remembering about what happens during puberty and adolescence? Then listen to the Puberty Prof Podcast with Lori Reichel, a nationally recognized health educator. Episodes include solo shows, discussions with guests on specific pre-teen and teen experiences, interviews with people of all ages who not only survived their pre-teen and teen years, yet thrived, and shows in which questions asked at pubertyprof.com or on the Puberty Prof’s social media outlets are answered by Lori. Perfect for listening as a family, in a car, and anytime you have a few minutes. To further help you start and continue conversations on puberty and adolescence, consider downloading the TALK Puberty app (found on iOS products).

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Interested in learning or remembering about what happens during puberty and adolescence? Then listen to the Puberty Prof Podcast with Lori Reichel, a nationally recognized health educator. Episodes include solo shows, discussions with guests on specific pre-teen and teen experiences, interviews with people of all ages who not only survived their pre-teen and teen years, yet thrived, and shows in which questions asked at pubertyprof.com or on the Puberty Prof’s social media outlets are answered by Lori. Perfect for listening as a family, in a car, and anytime you have a few minutes. To further help you start and continue conversations on puberty and adolescence, consider downloading the TALK Puberty app (found on iOS products).

    37. Mental Health & Mental Health Conditions in the Pre-Teen and Teen Years

    37. Mental Health & Mental Health Conditions in the Pre-Teen and Teen Years

    On this episode, Brant Gauthier talks with the Puberty Prof about the realities of Mental Health and Mental Health Conditions during the pre-teen and teen years. A passionate educator from the local community resource National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI.org), this guest talks about statistics and stigmas existing in the United States, as well as the symptoms and signs to look for. Brant also candidly shares his own challenges when growing up, as well explains what tools exist for young and older people.







    Click below for more information on the resources noted in today’s episode:







    National Alliance on Mental Illness







    NAMI Southwest Michigan (including Brant’s contact information) 







    Remember to check out the TALK Puberty app to further help you start and continue conversations. This app allows you to go over specific topics at your own speed and comfort level. Sections include: Basic Questions About Puberty, Questions About Most Girls, Questions About Most Boys, Other Questions Children Often Ask, and Open-Ended Questions.







    Another resource that can provide you with more information for what questions children might ask is the book Common Questions Children Ask About Puberty . This book is the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the B.R.A.G. Medallion Medal, and the Wishing Shelf Bronze Award.



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    36. The Negative Realities of Bullying

    36. The Negative Realities of Bullying

    On today’s episode, the Puberty Prof, Dr. Lori Reichel, focuses on the topic of bullying. To help her out, Sumi Mukherjee shares his experiences as a victim of bullying in his youth. Public Speaker and author of  A Life Interrupted – The Story of My Battle with Bullying and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Sumi believes one of his purposes in life is to tell his story to help prevent future bullying as well as recommend intervention steps for children and youth. Also, Sumi shares the revealing conversation he had with one of the people who bullied him as a child.







    To learn more about Sumi Mukherjee, as well as his books, go to AuthorSumi.com or  Amazon.







    Remember to check out the TALK Puberty app to further help you start and continue conversations. This app allows you to go over specific topics at your own speed and comfort level. Sections include: Basic Questions About Puberty, Questions About Most Girls, Questions About Most Boys, Other Questions Children Often Ask, and Open-Ended Questions.







    Another resource that can provide you with more information for what questions children might ask is the book Common Questions Children Ask About Puberty . This book is the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the B.R.A.G. Medallion Medal, and the Wishing Shelf Bronze Award.



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    35. Drawing: One Person’s Coping Tool for Dealing with Anxiety and Life

    35. Drawing: One Person’s Coping Tool for Dealing with Anxiety and Life

    The Puberty Prof wants to help families and schools empower children and youth with positive coping skills, including the benefits of drawing. To help her, Haley Weaver, an illustrator and creator of “webcomics,” talks about her passion for helping people use art as a tool for figuring out our emotions, as well as other coping skills to support one’s wellness. She also shares her personal story for coping with her own anxiety and struggles as a young person and advice to adults for supporting the mental health of children and youth.







    Check out her website at HaleyDrewThis (https://www.haleydrewthis.com) and Instagram account. 







    Remember to check out the TALK Puberty app to further help you start and continue conversations. This app allows you to go over specific topics at your own speed and comfort level. Sections include: Basic Questions About Puberty, Questions About Most Girls, Questions About Most Boys, Other Questions Children Often Ask, and Open-Ended Questions. (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/talk-puberty-app/id1518896929)







    Another resource that can provide you with more information for what questions children might ask is the book Common Questions Children Ask About Puberty . This book is the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the B.R.A.G. Medallion Medal, and the Wishing Shelf Bronze Award.



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    34. Providing a Voice to Children – Teaching about Children Sexual Abuse Including to Boys

    34. Providing a Voice to Children – Teaching about Children Sexual Abuse Including to Boys

    On this episode of the Puberty Prof podcast Dr. Kelli Palfy talks honestly about the need to educate our children, as well as adults, on the variety of concerns regarding child sexual abuse. After noting the need to include boys in these conversations, Dr. Palfy addresses the realities of perpetrators, grooming techniques used, the challenge of defining “trusted adults,” and holding perpetrators accountable.







    Note: Please, if a memory is raised about an experience pertaining to this topic, get the support you deserve! This can include referring to the resources below, like RAINN. This resource (RAINN) has a page of Survivor Stories to remind us that, if sexual abuse or assault happened to you, you are not alone.







    Click here to contact Dr. Palfy  







    To purchase her book, go to MEN TOO.







    Resources focusing on child sexual abuse, education, and support referred to in this episode include:







    1 in 6 (Sexual Abuse and Males)







    RAINN.org







    Erin’s Law







    Consent for Kids







    Remember to check out the TALK Puberty app to further help you start and continue conversations. This app allows you to go over specific topics at your own speed and comfort level. Sections include: Basic Questions About Puberty, Questions About Most Girls, Questions About Most Boys, Other Questions Children Often Ask, and Open-Ended Questions.  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/talk-puberty-app/id1518896929







    Another resource that can provide you with more information for what questions children might ask is the book Common Questions Children Ask About Puberty . This book is the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the B.R.A.G. Medallion Medal, and the Wishing Shelf Bronze Award.



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    33. Teaching Children about Consent

    33. Teaching Children about Consent

    How can we teach children about consent during their younger years? Listen to this episode to find out in which the Puberty Prof talks with Lauren K. Carlson about simple concepts supporting consent for people of all ages. A victim of sexual assault herself, Lauren understands the importance of supporting all children, including the “child inside,” as well as providing them a voice. In addition, she recommends how adults can support victims when told that inappropriate behaviors occurred, including adults saying: “I believe you,” “It wasn’t your fault, and “You didn’t deserve it.” ****







    ****If listening to this episode reminds you of past trauma, please reach out to a support person, including a local counselor. Also consider going to the RAINN website at https://www.rainn.org.







    Lauren is the mother of three children and author of the Consent for Kids book series and children’s book, My Body is My Own. To learn more about Lauren, including her books, go to her website titled Imperfectly Bold.







    Remember to check out the TALK Puberty app to help you start and continue conversations, including those about consent. This app allows you to go over specific topics at your own speed and comfort level. Sections include: Basic Questions About Puberty, Questions About Most Girls, Questions About Most Boys, Other Questions Children Often Ask, and Open-Ended Questions.







    Another resource that provides you with more information for what questions children might ask is the book Common Questions Children Ask About Puberty . This book is the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the B.R.A.G. Medallion Medal, and the Wishing Shelf Bronze Award.



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    32. Gender Inclusive Puberty Education with Melissa Pintor Carnagey, LBSW

    32. Gender Inclusive Puberty Education with Melissa Pintor Carnagey, LBSW

    Have you noticed some of the terminology used during puberty and other growing up talks is different from what you may be used to? For example, the phrases “most girls” and “most boys” may be heard. Or “people with a vulva” and “people with a penis.” To help explain why these phrases are now being used, the Puberty Prof invited Melissa Pintor Carnagey, LBSW, onto this week’s episode. Founder of Sex Positive Families, Melissa is passionate about ensuring all children are supported in learning about their bodies and that gender “norms” are removed from the conversations. Listen in to hear about how to ensure sex positive talks can occur in your family and classroom!







    To learn more about Melissa as well as her workshops, check out her incredible web-site at Sex Positive Families.







    Remember to check out the TALK Puberty app referred to in this episode. This app allows you to go over specific topics at your own speed and comfort level. Sections include: Basic Questions About Puberty, Questions About Most Girls, Questions About Most Boys, Other Questions Children Often Ask, and Open-Ended Questions.







    Another resource that can provide you with more information for what questions children might ask is the book Common Questions Children Ask About Puberty . This book is the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the B.R.A.G. Medallion Medal, and the Wishing Shelf Bronze Award.







    Have a question you want answered on the Puberty Prof podcast? Ask them on the Puberty Prof’s website page.



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