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A Pediatrician’s Attempt To Change How We Think And Talk About Puberty With Boys




A group of young boys pose for a photo.
A group of young boys pose for a photo.
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Mood shifts and drastic changes in behavior. Puberty is a rough time for any young kid going through the developmental period. It’s also difficult for parents.

"Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons" (Random House Publishing Group, 2020) by Cara Natterson, M.D.
Cara Natterson/Random House Publishing Group

It can be a challenging topic to talk about, but within the last few decades or so girls have been encouraged to do just that. Boys on the other hand, not so much. Dr. Cara Natterson wants to see that change. The pediatrician has found boys often retreat into isolation during puberty and that behavior often goes unquestioned. She wants parents to knock down that wall and help boys create an open dialogue about the changes happening in their bodies.

Today on AirTalk, Natterson joins guest host Steven Cuevas to discuss her new book, “Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons.” Have you struggled with how to deal with your sons who are going through puberty? Do you have questions? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

With guest host Steven Cuevas

Guest:

Cara Natterson, M.D., pediatrician and author of the new book “Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons,” (Random House Publishing Group, 2020); she tweets @CaraNatterson