Your child’s teenage years are filled with changes. Whether your teenager has just attained puberty, or is going through the phase, he or she will experience numerous bodily changes, in addition to their psychological and behavioural changes. These changes are extremely common and could be a cause of concern for you only if it doesn’t occur.
According to an article in Healthy Chats written by Dr. Christopher Miller, founder and director of The Boys Institute for Growth, these following changes in your teenage boy’s body happens in a chronological order.
• Growth Spurt
• Body Hair
• Deeper Voice
• Body Odor
• Oily Hair and Skin
The changes that your teenage girl goes through are mostly similar. Even she will grow taller, add on weight, develop body hair and get acne as a result of oily skin. However, it is during this phase that your girl will start developing breasts and get her first menstrual period.
Knowing what changes your teenager will go through is extremely important step in good prenting. Only if you know and understand it, you will be able to talk about it to your child. These can be challenging for your teen, and hence you need to adequately prepare them for the mountain of changes they are going to face in this phase. You can do that only if you are well-informed. Go through the various articles in this ClipBook to learn about common changes that occur in your body.
Even though the teen growth spurt is an inevitable phase of growth, knowing this doesn’t make the adjustment any easier, on parent or teen. The teenage growth spurt varies by gender, with different timing of onset and rates of growth.
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When do boys attain puberty? As a general rule, puberty for boys commences a little later than that of girls. Expect changes to start happening at around 11 or 12 years of age. At the same time, boys take more time to attain maturity. Many boys co...
Physical development and growth are influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. For example, malnutrition can delay a child’s physical development significantly.
Teens grow and develop at different rates. But general teen growth and development patterns can be grouped into four main categories. Physical development, cognitive development, social development, and sensory motor development.
Your daughter needs to understand the physical changes that will occur in her body during puberty. You should emphasize that these changes are part of the natural process of growing into adulthood, stimulated by hormones.