Has your son's voice become a bit deeper? Is your daughter moodier than ever? Congratulations — your child has hit puberty! As we all know, the transition from child to young adult can be a tricky one to handle. It's a time that's filled with many emotional and physical changes that you and your child may be unsure of how to handle. From the first shave to the first bra, see when your child can tackle these major puberty milestones.
For boys, when to shave comes down to their style. If your son wants a smooth face, then he can start shaving once the peach fuzz arrives. If he wants to test the scruffy look, he may not want to shave for a while — or ever! Girls, however, have a bigger challenge. Many moms worry that if their daughter starts shaving too soon, her hair will come back thicker or darker than before. While that’s a great way to keep her away from the razor, it’s not the truth. POPSUGAR Beauty reporter Kirbie Johnson assures us this is just one of many shaving myths
. Instead, let your daughter's body confidence be the deciding factor. Girls with darker, more noticeable hair may shave as early as fourth grade, but fair-haired girls can wait a little longer. If you’d rather avoid the razor, let her try a hair remover like Veet or Nair.
While mood swings are generally the worst side effect of puberty, body odor is a close second. This scent that accompanies adolescent kids' rapidly changing hormones transfers to their clothes, bed sheets, and their surroundings. As soon as you notice an unpleasant smell, your child should start wearing deodorant. This typically happens between the ages of 8 and 12, but an active child may need to apply sooner.
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