As a mum of three teens (two girls and a boy), I was very excited to hear about this fantastic campaign with Nadia Sawalha, her daughter Maddie and Boots to help parents and teens approach the #TeenTalk
Did you know that:
– 68% of parents find it difficult to approach puberty topics with their teen
– Over half of parents wish they could speak to their teen more freely
– One third of teens don’t feel confident about having the ‘Teen Talk
Celebrity mum Nadia Sawalha and her teenage daughter Maddie, have joined forces with Boots and many trusted household brands to reach out to parents across the UK with the tools and tips they need to have the all-important ‘teen conversation’.
From today (11 May) a free #TeenTalk guide is available in Boots stores across the country filled with useful information from Nadia Sawalha, Maddie and teen expert Sarah Newton, to help parents keep talking to their teens through puberty and beyond.
I am lucky in that I am very close to all my children – and having #TeenTalk with each of them happened quite naturally, but there were lots of giggles and ‘Oh mum!’
With 1 in 5 parents unsure about how to start the puberty conversation, a quarter of us avoid it altogether.
#TeenTalk ambassador and mum of two, Nadia Sawalha, explains, “As a mum, I understand all too well the challenges of communicating with teens. They suddenly go from wanting to tell mum everything, to one word answers! And you can’t solve things with a quick cuddle or a sweet treat. First shaves, first periods and new personal hygiene and skincare regimes are all unfamiliar experiences for teens and can be difficult topics for parents to approach.”
Campaign expert and teenologist Sarah Newton says, “The ‘#teentalk’ can be awkward because parents and children probably haven’t had a conversation that’s this important yet and we put lots and lots of pressure on ourselves to get it right!”
In this new and daunting age of everything being shared and available on social media, us parents still want to be the first port of call for advice and I do find it reassuring that 49% of teens said they were happiest speaking to mum.
So, how do you have the talk?
There is no right or wrong way to help prepare your child for puberty, and no-one knows your child like you, but 40% of parents believe that the best way to start the conversation is to have a one-on-one chat with their teen.
I completely agree that the one thing you must be with your teen, is honest and open.
Sarah Newton also agrees, “It’s about giving them the facts. Being honest but not overwhelming them with information. They will come back and ask more questions when they are ready. Don’t forget that the #TeenTalk isn’t one single chat, but an ongoing conversation about empowerment and choice and what better conversation is there to have?”
More than half of parents surveyed said having trusted information at hand would make the approach to #TeenTalk much easier. That’s why, from 11 May to 30 May inclusive, advice from Nadia, Maddie and Sarah will be available exclusively at Boots stores in a free #TeenTalk guide.
The #TeenTalk Guide
Has guidance on the teenage brain and teen behaviours.
Helpful tips on grooming, personal care and body changes, backed up by Nadia and Maddie’s own experiences.
Savings on trusted brands including Always, Tampax, Gillette, Venus and Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel products.
For videos of Nadia and Maddie taking about how they approach #TeenTalk at home, more tips and advice from specialist youth expert, Sarah Newton and product information go to www.boots.com.
Have you had any #TeenTalk with your teens?