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What Are The 5 Most Important Points Parents Miss When Discussing Puberty?

Mackenzie Freeman

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Parents try their best but they are not perfect. It is easy to forget that they are learning on the job at times. No matter how you slice it, it’s a very difficult task. One of the toughest aspects of parenting? Figuring out how to navigate the puberty minefield. This stretch is filled with all sorts of uncomfortable questions and issues.

While some parents may decide to have the “birds and bees” talk when their children are younger, some may decide to wait a bit. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach that can be used in these instances. That’s why we have prepared a list of the most important points that parents need to keep in mind when they are in the process of having such discussions:

  1. Every Child Is On a Different Timeline

    Every child goes through puberty at a different point in time. There is no set time period for parents who are looking to have the discussion. Some children are going to be ready for it at a younger age, some children may need a little bit. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you need to adhere to the timeline that has been provided by another parent. Your child’s emotional needs are not going to be the same as someone else’s.

    Some girls start puberty by the time that they are eight years old. Others may not need to have such talks until they are ten or eleven. Pay close attention to your child and make sure that you are not putting too much on their shoulders before they are ready. At the same time, don’t make them wait too long. It’s a difficult balancing act, for sure.
  2. Respect Their Privacy

    Many parents believe that privacy is privilege but it is not. Privacy is a basic right that your children should be able to enjoy at all times. Parents get used to the idea that their children will want to snuggle with them and spend every moment together. When these good times end, it can be tough for parents to wrap their minds around the changes that are taking place.

    Not to worry, though. Think back on your feelings during puberty. You probably didn’t want to spend every waking moment with your parents, either. Your children are craving privacy and they are going to struggle to communicate that. It’s your job as a parent to make sure these needs have been met.
  3. Mental Health Is Crucial

    Too many parents place too much focus on what is happening with their children’s bodies. In reality, their mental health is just as important, if not more so. Puberty often wreaks havoc on a child’s mental health, especially when they do not believe that their parents have their back. Tough emotional struggles are head, so give your children a wide berth and be as understanding as possible.
  4. The Importance of Safe Sex

    Parents cannot be content to preach about abstinence anymore. This type of education does not work. When parents are heavily focused on abstinence, the unplanned pregnancy rate rises. Don’t pass off the old, tired speeches about waiting until marriage as your own idea because it is not helpful in the slightest. Talk about safe sex when you have a sense that your child is ready.
  5. Consent Is Everything

    This is one of the most crucial aspects of “the talk” and too many schools and parents have left it out entirely. It’s time for parents to start righting these wrongs by preaching the importance of consent from a young age. “No means no” is not just a matter of politeness, it is one of the most valuable lessons that a parent can teach their children during puberty.
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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Lea Lomas

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

Once you learn these life hacks, you will never want to go back!

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Sherry Rucherman

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

Once you learn these life hacks, you will never want to go back!

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A Koala Mother Babysits Three Joeys

Mackenzie Freeman

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The parents who have several young children at home often talk about the challenges that they face. Caring for even one very young child is certainly difficult. Having three kids like this just multiplies all of the associated obstacles. Strangely enough, many animal parents don’t quite seem to have the exact same issues. Then again, it’s possible that koala parents might have some of the same problems. 

Very young children tend to squirm and kick whenever they’re held. Parents who have twins sometimes have a difficult time holding both of the kids at once for that reason. They might get used to it, but it still might pose a lot of challenges physically. These situations are even tougher on the parents who actually have triplets. There are koala mothers who have to care for three joeys at once. A koala mother at the Billabong Zoo was in that situation recently. 

Human parents have certain inherently advantages. The fact that humans are comparatively tall certainly helps. Human infants and toddlers are very small compared to their parents. Many animal parents are not as fortunate, including the koala mother at Australia’s Billabong Zoo.

While these koala joeys are actually capable of climbing trees on their own, they seem to prefer resting on her back. While they’re still smaller than she is, the size difference is actually relatively modest. The mother koala seems to be only around three times the size of each individual joey. Since there are three of them, she seems to be at least somewhat overwhelmed. 

The koala joeys can’t seem to sit still, and all four of them seem as if they’re struggling to get comfortable and stay that way. They aren’t resting peacefully on the mother’s back. Instead, they’re constantly shifting and stepping on her. As this is happening, she’s still trying to hold onto the tree. They almost look as if they’re scratching her at times, which is enough to make anyone feel sorry for the mother koala.

It’s an entertainingly adorable image, but the mother koala still seems to be struggling to keep up with all of these joeys. She’s being remarkably patient, especially when people consider the situation overall. These koala joeys were not actually hers. She was just looking after them.

This sort of thing might surprise a lot of people, since koalas are not especially social animals. In fact, plenty of relatively unsocial animals will care for babies that aren’t theirs. They’ll still have the caregiver instinct, which can be helpful in a zoo environment. 

Koala joeys are actually very strongly connected to their parents emotionally. They spend months in pouches, and aren’t even remotely independent for a full year. It takes them even more time to become truly independent, and they’re still very attached to their parents from that point onward. This koala is not actually their mother, but they have the same sort of bonding instinct that her actual children would have. She’s acting as their mother, and that appears to be good enough for the joeys. 

Even though they could spend time on the tree alone, many of them are not going to want to do so. Koalas are generally very inactive animals. The mother koala in particular just seems to want to rest, and the joeys are not making that easy. Still, as energetic as they are, the joeys still settle down some of the time. 

It almost looks as if all four of them are going to fall any second. Still, all koalas are adapted to this sort of situation, and they’re astonishingly good at staying on trees. 

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