Growing up can be a challenging time for all and a bit of love and understanding can go a long way. Let them know you are there to support them. Sometimes it can come as a bit of a shock when your child starts to develop and change. Of course, you are still their parent and they still need you. Be there to support them.
Discussing matters such as friendships, relationships and growing up are important. Be open-minded and do not judge them, so they feel they can trust you and turn to you when they need help and support.
Friendships are very important to children. Having a close friend or group of friends and belonging to a group helps them feel good about themselves, learn to deal with people and develop their own identity.
You can show them how to trust their own feelings and values, building up an emotional strength that will help them as they get older.
Spend some time together looking at websites like www.nhs.uk/livewell/puberty or www.sensecds.com - this can be an easy way to communicate and open up communication without embarrassment.