Same age but different stage

Puberty is a stage in life that does not progress according to an exact schedule. Physical and mental changes do not happen in an identical order between individuals of the same age. For some, puberty starts with a growth spurt, while for others, the first signs can present themselves in the form of breast growth, or having mood swings before any apparent physical developments.

Of your child’s classmates, some may have experienced their first period while other girls are still playing yard games. This stage of life can be difficult for teens at either end of this spectrum. Late bloomers can wonder why some of their friends no longer like to play hide and go seek, while some of their peers are hiding growing breast under covering shirts. Therefore, it is important that you as a parent are supportive of your child and accept her just as she is and in the stage she is.

You should encourage your teen and give her positive feedback by complimenting them. Kind words and a supportive environment remind the teen that she is valuable just the way she is. This will help your teen to grow into a balanced young adult despite the possible teenage turmoil.