I’ve been meaning to talk to my daughter about puberty for nearly 18 months now, but somehow it just didn’t happen. We were always busy and it was hard to find time, as well as space where we wouldn’t be interrupted by the boys. But she’s 11 now. I really needed to do it.

My biggest fear was that she would start her periods and would have no idea what was happening. But I didn’t actually think that would happen. While puberty has definitely started, I can see that she’s some way off starting her periods.

I bought a book, Ready, Set, Grow! by Lynda Madaras, to help me with the all-important talk way back in November 2015. It reminded me of lots of things I wouldn’t think of – like BO, putting on weight and body hair. I would probably have only remembered periods, boobs and getting taller.

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Sarah is mum to three amazing, tiresome, funny, irritating, clever kids. She writes about family life and all it entails with her two teenage sons and tween daughter. Sarah took redundancy from her job as a press officer in 2014 and is now very happy to be working at home as a freelance writer. She can often be found freezing to death on a touchline somewhere or sitting outside a dance class. Her love of Parkrun and running in general borders on obsessive.