Pediatrician, Consultant and New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Cara Natterson will share her insights on how to "Decode Boys" to increase advocacy capacity.
As a pediatrician and mother of two teenagers Cara Natterson explains, puberty starts in boys long before any visible signs appear, and that causes confusion about their changing temperaments for boys and caregivers alike. Often, they also grow quieter as they grow taller, which leads to less caregiver-child communication. But, as Natterson warns in Decoding Boys, we respect their increasing “need” for privacy, monosyllabic conversations, and alone time at their peril. Explaining how modern culture mixes badly with male adolescent biology, Natterson offers science, strategies, scripts, and tips for getting it right:
• recognizing the first signs of puberty and talking to boys about the wide range of “normal” through the whole developmental process
• why teenagers make irrational decisions even though they look mature—and how to steer them toward better choices
• managing video game and screen time, including discussing the unrealistic and dangerous nature of pornography
• how to prepare boys to resist both old and new social pressures—drugs, alcohol, vaping, and sexting