Going Through Puberty: A Boy's Manual for Body, Mind, and Health

Going Through Puberty: A Boy's Manual for Body, Mind, and Health

by Ruth Hickman


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Puberty is an exciting yet challenging time for every boy.  Respecting the universal yet unique experience of puberty for every boy, this book shares important medical facts related to puberty and offers trusted advice about your most pressing questions about growing up.  No more wondering “is THAT normal?”  Flip open this book for:

  • Dr. H’s wisdom, thoughts, ideas, and encouragement related to each topic on puberty
  • Vignettes and quotes from real boys that include helpful ideas, encouraging thoughts and experiences, and their feelings related to puberty
  • Parent perspectives regarding their experience, challenges, and feelings about their sons going through puberty
  • Fun facts and interactive activities related to body, mind, and health to make the information you are reading a part of your daily experience
  • Quick quizzes and engaging illustrations to help you remember important information discussed in each chapter

From personal hygiene to healthy eating to mood swings, this must-have guide book will help you understand all of the changes happening to your body, mind, health, and emotions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988449916
Publisher: XAMOnline.com
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: What Now? Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 122,437
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

About the Author

Ruth J. Hickman, MD, is a health and medical writer.  She graduated from Indiana University Medical School, where she developed a passion for patient education. His training as a medical physician makes his well suited to presenting medical topics to a lay audience in a way that is both easy to comprehend and accurate.

Table of Contents

About the Author vi

For Boys x

How to Read This Book x

What You'll Find in This Book x

Special Features xi

Part 1 What Is Puberty? What Can I Expect? 1

1 What Is Puberty? 2

What Changes Can I Expect? 2

Why Haven't I Started Puberty Yet? 6

2 Changes in Your Body 8

Will I Really Grow Faster During Puberty? 8

In What Other Ways Will My Body Change? 9

How Do I Get Used To My Changing Body? 11

3 Understanding Your "Private Parts" 14

What Should I Know About My "Private Parts"? 14

How Do My "Privates" Change During Puberty? 15

What's the Difference Between a Penis That Is Circumcised and One That Isn't? 16

Is It Okay If My Penis Gets Hard Sometimes? 16

4 Hair and Skin Changes 18

Where Will Hair Changes Occur? 18

What Is Happening to My Skin? 20

Why Am I Sweating More? 21

Part 2 Health and Hygiene 23

5 Caring For Your Eyes, Teeth, and Ears 24

Why Do I Need Glasses? 24

Do I Need to Brush My Teeth More Often? 25

Can I Really Hurt My Ears? 27

6 Skin Care 29

What Can I Do About Acne? 29

What About My Hands and Feet? 33

7 Preventing Body Odor 37

How Do I Prevent Body Order? 37

What Are Deodorants and Antiperspirants? 38

8 Caring for Hair Up There and Elsewhere 40

How Do I Keep My Hair Looking Its Best? 40

What Do I Need to Know About Shaving? 42

9 Caring for Your "Private Parts" 44

What Should I Know About Taking Care of My "Private Parts"? 44

How Do I Protect My Genitals from Injury? 45

What Is Jock Itch? 46

10 Exercise 48

What Are the Benefits of Exercise? 48

Should I Take Exercise Supplements? 51

Is It Possible to Exercise Too Much? 53

11 Nutrition 54

What Should I Eat to Stay Healthy? 54

Dr. H's Guidelines for Healthy Eating 55

12 Sleep 61

Do My Sleep Needs Change as a Preteen and Teenager? 61

How Can I Get Enough Sleep? 63

13 Cigarettes, Alcohol and Drugs 66

What Are the Health Risks of Smoking? 66

Is Drinking Alcohol Ever Safe? 68

What Are the Risks of Drugs? 69

Part 3 Taking Care of Your Emotions 71

14 Experiencing Highs and Lows 72

Why Am I Experiencing More Mood Swings? 72

Why Do My Feelings Seem More Intense? 73

15 Self-Esteem 78

How Do I Build My Self-Esteem? 78

How Do I Deal with Bullies? 80

16 School 84

How Do I Manage New School Stresses? 84

How Do I Improve in School? 85

17 Friends, Cliques, and Peer Pressure 90

How Do I Fit In at School? 90

How Can I Be a Good Friend? 92

How Do I Handle Peer Pressure? 94

18 Romance and Crushes 96

Why Do I Like Girls in a Different Way Than I Used To? 96

What About Breaking Up? 99

19 Parents 100

Why Is It Harder to Get Along With My Parents? 100

Do What Is Expected of You 102

20 Discovering Who You Are 105

Who Do I Want to Be? 105

How Do I Set Goals for Myself? 109

Resources 113

Glossary 115

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