The key word when it comes to puberty is CHANGE. A person’s body is changing, their feelings are changing, and their relationships with those around them are changing, too. They are growing up and becoming an adult.
When someone’s body begins changing into an adult body, this is puberty. It is also a time that is celebrated and recognized by many cultures. In some families, this change is celebrated through parties, naming ceremonies, religious ceremonies, different clothing choices, and being given more responsibilities. Talking to elders, religious leaders, and family may help a person know what this time could mean for them personally.
Puberty will commonly begin somewhere between the ages of 8 and 16. The process of puberty takes a different amount of time for everyone. A person likely won’t begin puberty at the same time as some of their friends. During puberty, a person is going to grow faster and develop an adult body. Hormones in their body are what start these changes.
It’s a good idea for a person to try not to compare themselves to others. It is very natural for people to compare themselves to others, but everyone experiences puberty differently, and it happens at different times for everyone. Everyone goes through puberty, so they could talk to close friends or family about it. Everyone will grow and mature in their own way and at their own pace. By the time they reach their early 20’s, puberty will be over for most people.
The next few years are going to be interesting! All this change might even seem scary to a person. Just remember that the most important thing about them isn’t going to change. No matter what, a person will always be the same unique person they’ve always been.
Looking for a fun way to learn about puberty? Our Booklet, Growing Up Ok, will help answer some questions about puberty and give people some tools to help