heard my friends talking about puberty. What exactly does it mean?
During puberty your body begins to develop into the body of a sexually mature
adult. Your sexual organs grow and your body changes physically.
One of the first signs of puberty for a young girl is the growth of her breasts
and the arrival of her first period. In boys the first ejaculation (release
of semen from the penis), broadening of the shoulders and deepening of the voice
mark the fact that they are becoming sexually mature.
Both boys and girls begin to grow hair under their arms and pubic hair between
12 year-old used to be a very outgoing child but she seems to have become very
self-conscious, could this have anything to do with the fact that shes
Most definitely. Most children feel awkward and uncomfortable with their image
as they approach puberty. They often feel very shy and insecure, and may not
be entirely sure how to act as they bridge the divide between childhood and
Because the changes are so obvious, such as developing breasts in girls and
a deepening voice in boys, they may make the adolescent feel even more uncomfortable.
Often well-meaning comments from friends and relations can serve to accentuate
the perceived change and lead to further anxiety and embarrassment.
It is quite likely that your daughter will want to be friends with a group
of girls her own age, in an effort to fit in and bond with her peers.
There can be no doubt that puberty is a stressful time of conflict for both
parents and children. It is normal that tensions develop. It is important to
help your teenager to express their emotions and to reassure them that you are
there for them.
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