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Growing up and puberty

Puberty is the time when a child’s body will develop ready for adulthood.

Girl at school in tuck shop

It is not only a time of rapid physical growth but also a time when a young person has many emotional and social changes.

Children will go through puberty at different rates and at different stages to their peers. Most girls will go through puberty between the ages of 10-14 and most boys around 12-15 however some will be earlier or later.

Boys and girls can have anxieties about growing up and may worry about their changing bodies. Talking to them early about this will help allay their fears.

Talking to children

Many parents are worried about talking to their children around growing up, sex and relationships. Children will get information whether it is from the TV, magazines or friends; however this information may be confusing or may not be accurate. If parents are able to talk to their children they can help them make sense of the information and reduce anxiety.