At some point during the tween years, a boy may begin to experience the stages of puberty. The relationship between boys and puberty can be complicated for both the child and his parents. Knowing what to look for can ease your mind, and help your tween through these enormous physical and emotional changes.
Below are some of the more typical signs of puberty in boys. Keep in mind that these stages may appear gradually, and it may take several years for your child to completely cycle through all the phases of puberty. In general, boys begin puberty at some point between the ages of 9 and 14. Girls begin puberty between the ages of 8 and 12.
- Growth spurts
- Appearance of facial hair
- Broadening of shoulder muscles, development of chest muscles
- Body odor
- Pimples or facial breakouts
- Hair growth in pubic area and underarm area
- Growth of testicles
- Erections or wet dreams
- Deepening of the voice, although this is more likely in the later stages of puberty
- Interest in the opposite sex
- Mood changes
- Anxiety or excitement about the changes he's going through
- Less talkative and open with parents
- Shy, nervousness around girls, or flirtatious with girls
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