Your Child's Development
What is Puberty?
Puberty is the stage of a young adolescent's physical
development when he becomes capable of reproduction.
Remember that the onset of puberty depends on your
child's genetics, environment, and gender.
Both Boys and Girls Experience…
- Arms, legs, and hands growing faster than the rest of
the body making your child more clumsy
- Increased sweating because glands are getting larger
- Needing to bathe more often because of increased
- Girls mature earlier than boys, usually between 9-13 years
- Breast growth begins
- Hair develops under arms, on legs, and in the pubic area
- Hips widen and waist gets smaller
- Fat deposits around stomach, hips, and legs
- Menstruation or period begins between 9 and 16 years old
- Boys start puberty usually between ages 10-16
- Growth spurt; boys get taller, shoulders broaden, and gain
- Muscles get bigger
- Voice begins to crack and eventually becomes deeper
- Hair grows under arms, on legs and face, and in the pubic
area. Chest hair may not appear during this time or until after
- Penis and testes grow larger, erections become more frequent
and for no reason. Sperm production begins and can
be seen as a "wet dream."