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Understanding Puberty


Two of my children are ages 11 and 12, which I believe is the stage for puberty. What emotional, social and mental changes should I expect for both boys and girls? 


Erik Erikson's stages of human development are widely known and have been studied in many different courses. Google “Erikson's Stages of Human Development” to find a number of very informative websites. 

Explore parenting support groups in your area to gain advice, tips and encouragement from other parents. Even with a library full of books, parenting teens is still a challenge. Support groups expose you to child care help and good friends for your children. There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child, so start creating a village for your family by networking with like-minded parents. 

Another great resource is There are loads of articles and resources there that pertain to education and social skills.

Learning as much as you can about how your children are developing, including the developmental milestones and physical and emotional changes they’re experiencing as they approach and start their teen years, will give you a better idea of what to expect as they go through puberty. It will also help you answer the tough questions your kids might have about what’s happening to them.


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