A deeper voice, an extra strong stench, and some serious mood swings.
A deeper voice, an extra strong stench, and some serious mood swings. If any of these describe your little boy, then chances are, he's on his way to becoming a young man. As amazing as this is, puberty is an especially difficult time for boys, and you want to get him through with minimal issues. While you may be able to help him through some changes, most of the time, you're merely providing emotional support and some explanations. Still, it's important for both of you to know what's happening to his body and how to get him through these trying times. See what changes your son can expect during puberty, and when to expect them.
Approximate Age to Expect It: 13 years old
Sorry, but the amount of pimples has nothing to do with how much junk food your son eats. Around the age of 13, sweat and oil glands start to develop. When these glands become clogged — usually from not cleaning the skin — pimples pop up on the face and other parts of the body. The best defense against acne is to buy him a face wash that contains salicylic acid. If the zits make him self-conscious, offer to take him to a dermatologist who may provide a more powerful cleaner.
Approximate Age to Expect It: Pubic hair at 10 to 15; facial, arm, and chest hair two years later
Pubic hair is the initial sign that puberty has begun, and occurs around the same time that his testicles begin to grow. Initially the skin reddens and becomes a bit rough, which can cause some discomfort. Two years later, hair will start to show on his face and throughout the body. As far as shaving, be it on his face or further south, it is a choice, depending on his style and comfort. You have no say in whether or not he keeps the scruffy look. You should, however, encourage him to trim armpit hair, as excess strands trap sweat and cause unpleasant body odor.
Check out other changes after the break.