When children reach age 10 they are already on the verge of becoming adolescents. Tween boys and girls (pre-adolescents ages 9-12) will experience significant changes as puberty hits and parents need to discuss these changes with them. Physical, emotional, and social changes are all part of puberty which makes this developmental time fun, confusing, and even risky. So the more informed you are the better prepared you will be.
PHYSIOLOGY Important physiological changes will begin to show in the tween body. Some of the most important sign of puberty are: 1. The growth of facial hair. 2. The growth of body hair. 3. Body odor changes, with underarm odor becoming more pronounced. 4. Menstruation can start for some tween girls. 5. Breasts in tween girls start to show, and some engorgement and discomfort can be experienced. 6. Tween boys can have a sudden deepening of the voice.
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PSYCHOLOGY 1. At this stage, the social unit becomes very important for tweens, as peers and friends become their focus. 2. Parents may begin to see that tweens start to find them “uncool”. 3. Gender characteristics are more evident during this stage, with boys emulating male role models and girls emulating female role models. 4. Pop culture becomes important for most tweens, as they become fans of their favorite artists and follow them.
EMOTIONS Due to hormonal changes, tween girls can become moody. Tween boys can show a preference to be by themselves and become silent and appear distant.
SEXUALITY Sexual Curiosity: At this age tweens may become more curious about sex. As their sexual hormones develop, children are eager to find out more information about sex and discuss it amongst themselves.Sexual Arousal: The development of sex hormones can also cause children to get more easily aroused—sometimes even involuntarily.