Talking Puberty with Teens – #TeenTalk

Even as grown adults, it’s not polite to talk about periods.  It is such a taboo subject, but why?  It’s a perfectly normal bodily function – as are all changes that teenagers experience during puberty.  Oh, that awkward couple of years with more hormones and grunts than pregnancy and childbirth.  Well, maybe.

But, Celebrity mum Gabby Logan and her 12 year old daughter Lois, have joined forces with Boots UK and trusted brands including Always, Tampax and Venus for the second year of the #TeenTalk campaign, which provides parents with the tips and tools to have the #TeenTalk with confidence.  Puberty is a real rite of passage for both parents and teens, and parents can often feel as confused and unsure about how to approach this as teens. Recent research from Boots UK and P&G reveals just how challenging this this life-stage can be:

  • 33% of parents wish they could talk more openly with their teen
  • 68% of parents find it difficult to approach puberty topics with their teen, so much so that a quarter avoid the #TeenTalk completely
  • 1 in 5 parents are unsure about how to start the puberty conversation

To address this, campaign ambassador Gabby Logan and her daughter Lois joined a panel of real parents and daughters to take part in the #TeenTalk experiment. This involved mums, dads and teens having the #TeenTalk every other day for a week; trying out different environments, topics and formats with each conversation. Their experiences are available on boots.com until 6th June with the aim to offer reassurance and support to other parents and teens who are navigating this life stage together.

#TeenTalk ambassador and mum of twins, Gabby Logan, explains, “As a mother of twin 12 year olds, I understand the challenges of communicating with tweens all too well! They suddenly go from wanting to tell parents everything, to one word answers. But as every parent knows, you desperately want to give your children all the guidance, help and support they need and being able to communicate effectively with your teens is crucial to this. What I love about the #TeenTalk campaign is that it helps to give parents the confidence to start and maintain a strong, open and honest conversation with their child through puberty and beyond”.

“It was also really interesting taking part in the #TeenTalk experiment. Lois and I learnt a lot about each other and I felt particularly proud about what a mature young person she is turning into.  Talking to the other parents taking part was also really reassuring, it proved that there is no right or wrong way to help prepare a child for puberty, it’s just about finding a way that works for them,” continued Logan.

Sarah Newton, #TeenTalk campaign expert with over 14 years’ experience in working with teens has provided helpful insight on topics like the ‘teenage brain’ as well as tips on how to have ‘the talk’, personal grooming and body changes in a helpful #TeenTalk guide. This is available for free until 6th June, with the purchase of any Venus, Always and Tampax products exclusively at Boots.

To help parents and teens trial the different products that might be right for them, Boots will be running great value promotions on these P&G trusted products. Shoppers will also receive a free toiletry bag with each purchase, perfect for helping teen girls feel prepared with all the sanitary products they might need.

The #TeenTalk campaign runs until 6 June 2017 in Boots stores nationwide and boots.com. For more tips and advice on #TeenTalk and product information go to http://www.boots.com/teentalk.

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