A doctor can tell your preadolescent — and you — what to expect in the next few years.
These are certainly the most visible signs of puberty and impending adulthood, but kids who are showing physical changes (between the ages of 8 and 14 or so) also can be going through a bunch of changes that aren't readily seen from the outside. Many kids announce the onset of adolescence with a dramatic change in behavior around their parents.
They're starting to separate from mom and dad and become more independent.
The later you wait to have these talks, the more likely your child will be to form misconceptions or become embarrassed about or afraid of physical and emotional changes.
And the earlier you open the lines of communication, the better your chances of keeping them open through the teen years.
Kids often start "trying on" different looks and identities, and they become very aware of how they differ from their peers, which can result in episodes of distress and conflict with parents.
One of the common stereotypes of adolescence is the rebellious, wild teen continually at odds with mom and dad.
Answer the early questions kids have about bodies, such as the differences between boys and girls and where babies come from.
But don't overload them with information — just answer their questions.
feedings, toddler temper tantrums, and the back-to-school blues.
So why is the word "teenager" causing you so much worry?
If parents have appropriate expectations, teens will likely try to meet them.