Your Child and Puberty

Growing Up

As your child grows and puberty begins they will experience many changes, both physically and emotionally. As a parent or carer being able to support them during this time will really help them to deal with the changes. A bit of love and understanding at this time will go a long way.

It may come as a bit of a shock to you when your child starts to develop and change but be there to support them and try to think back to how you felt at their age.

When will puberty start?

For girls puberty can begin any time between the age of 8 and 14, though for some girls this may be later. For boys puberty can begin any time between the age of 9 and 14 but for some boys this can be later too.

Remember though, everybody changes at their own rate, and what is happening to one person may not be happening to your child yet. This is really normal. Everybody gets there in the end!

Where can I find out more information?

There are some great websites such as NHS Choices which has a section dedicated to puberty. Go to

or go to the FPA’s website which has a section dedicated to advice for parents and carers.