Dealing With Your Child's Puberty
Boys achieve their peak height of puberty
For girls, the first sign of puberty is breast development, followed by the growth of pubic hair. Menarche (first period) begins about 2 1/2 years after breast development. Peak height velocity occurs just before menarche. Age range of start of puberty is 8-13 years.For boys, the first sign is an increase in testicular volume, followed by an increase in penile length and pubic hair development. Nocturnal sperm emissions occurs just after peak height velocity. Boys achieve peak height velocity about 2 years after girls.It would be ideal if the father can speak to their son, mother to their daughter because it would be easier to empathize with their bodily changes and emotions. Still, this is not always possible in every family. It is best that everyone in the family has an open discussion about puberty and what to expect.Sharing with your teenager the emotions and stresses you felt during puberty will certainly help them to know that what they are experiencing is normal. Teenagers who may start puberty earlier or later than most of their peers, may feel insecurities and low self-esteem. If you were an early or late bloomer, talking about this with your child may help them cope with their own body as well.In addition to all the physical changes, there are many emotional changes adolescents will go through as well during puberty. They begin to care more about being accepted and liked, and their relationships with others may begin to change. Teenagers start to separate more from their parents and identify with their peers. Many adolescents feel their parents don't understand them and will lose their temper more easily, feeling as if nobody cares about them.It is important for parents to explain to their teenager that the physical and emotional changes they are experiencing are normal. Encouraging open communication during this tumultuous time can be very beneficial to both parents and children. Reassuring your child that you will always be available to listen, non-judgmentally to their concerns can be the cornerstone of an open relationship.