The transition from childhood or youth to Adulthood is not an easy one. It is all ups and downs with uncontrollable hormones, physical growth spurts and stops that come out of nowhere. Add all this to the pressure to do well at school, act responsibly but have fun whilst Mum and Dad try hard to let their child grow up and you have a volatile mix in the making. It might help then if we had a better understanding of what is physically and mentally going on in the teenagers body during that legendary time of puberty. One thing that everyone will be concerned about is sex as the teenager is exposed to it and may even start to experiment. Therefore it might be an idea to have a STI test London based kit around and sti kits from Checkurself Plus are a good place to get some.
Puberty is different for everyone. We all go through it in different ways so there is no one way to deal with the situations that you’ll find yourself and your children in. In any school year group you will see a diverse range of children all at certain points along the puberty way. Girls experience the greatest physical changes but the process begins earlier in boys from about 10 onwards. However boys show little sign that puberty is starting. The most common signs are the voice breaking (creating some amusement as it goes from high pitch to deep in one sentence). Hair starts to sprout around the pubic area and on arms and legs. Also the testicles grow which gives rise to nocturnal emissions, or wet dreams. This is merely the body testing that everything works as it should.
For girls it is much more pronounced. The transition from a child to a physical woman is something that requires calm understanding attentiveness from both parents and relatives. The start of menstruation which can be anywhere between 10 and 16 and half is a dramatic change but if discussed and concerned without fuss and concern it can be made a lot easier. Physically breasts will appear as will pubic hair but there is not a set time or age for any of this. Pubic hair usually arrives after breast development then periods. One thing that will cause some anxiety is hair under the armpits. Society seems to have a massive problem with this on women for some reason and it is wise to take a cautious approach. It is there for a reason after all.
It is an incredible daunting time for everyone. Try to remember that you went through it and survived, they will, with your help, also get through it.