How the timing of puberty affects adolescents and young teens
Puberty begins with hormonal shifts
that trigger the development of male and female sex characteristics. In
general, puberty usually starts for girls between the ages of 9 and 11, and for
most boys between the ages of 9½ and 13 years, although the exact age at which
puberty starts varies widely among individuals.
usually very aware of how their development compares to that of their friends.
Any development that varies significantly from the norm can be a source of
great anxiety along with social and emotional struggles.
As kids get older, keeping them safe can get complicated. While separating from parents can be healthy, teens are notorious for bad, sometimes dangerous decisions. Parents face a troubling dilemma: Do the dangers of teen drug abuse override the right to privacy?
Parents typically do one of two things in the face of possible teen drinking or drug use. "Some parents overreact, but a large number of parents don’t do anything," says Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org...