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A young adolescent girl is looking in the mirror, noticing changes in her complexion.
Two friendly young adolescent girls are sharing slices of pizza.

Changes in Adolescence

Physical Changes

Young adolescents experience many physical changes. No set pattern of growth and development fits every child. The timing and degree of physical change depend on each individual.

During the Middle Years, young adolescents experience:

“My parents and I already talked about adolescence, growing up, puberty, periods, etc. It gets awkward talking about puberty but it’s a part of a kid’s life, we need to know what’s going on with our bodies.”~ Middle Years student
“Being a teenager is hard sometimes, with your body growing up so fast.”~ Middle Years student
“When I noticed my son had to start wearing deodorant, I just bought him some when we were grocery shopping together. We were in the aisle and I just said to him, ‘I guess it’s about time I started getting you your own stick too, so why don’t you pick out one you like?’”~ Parent of Middle Years student
“I had a rule with my child when she was cranky. I would give her a piece of cheese and wait 15 minutes.”~ Parent of Middle Years student