Puberty isn’t always fun – for the child OR for the parents.  But it can be easy when navigated rightly.  First things first, it is important to understand that a teenager’s brain differs from an adult’s brain.  They are more likely to take risks and chances, and one of the main things which they are hyper-aware of is what others think of them (even when they say they don’t care what others think).  In essence, changes before the human eye aren’t all that is happening in a teenager – many of those changes are happening within the brain!


Many parents are currently facing the challenges of their children going through puberty.  For some, that could mean experiencing the repercussions of growing pains, emotional outbreaks or bouts of deviance. While it isn’t always easy, there are some things to understand as the parent of a child going through puberty.


Brains that Change Throughout Puberty

A developing brain in an adolescent not only develops at different speeds, but this could be why many teenagers exhibit bizarre behaviour.  For example, Andrew Garner, M.D., FAAP, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, states that the prefrontal cortex doesn’t fully mature until 24 years old, while the amygdala fully develops much earlier.  The prefrontal cortex plays a huge role on a teenager’s emotions, mood, attention and impulse control.  No wonder we often question the behaviour of teenagers!


As stated in an article previously written on this website, here are some random puberty facts to help you digest the journey your child is going through!


Other Random Puberty Facts


  1. Girls can start puberty as early as six or seven years old, though for most it begins around 11.
  2. Boys can start puberty as early as nine, but for most it begins around 12.
  3. Most girls finish puberty around 14 years old while boys, it ends around 15 years old.
  4. There can be emotional changes in both boys and girls.
  5. Acne and body odor becomes noticeable.

Here are some of the tell-tale signs your child is going through puberty:


  • The first sign of puberty in many girls is breast development.
  • Often, hair begins to grow in the pubic area.
  • Hair can also begin to grow in the armpit and legs.
  • Acne can begin developing.
  • A girl begins her menses.


  • The first sign of puberty in most boys is an increase in the size of the testicles and penis.
  • Hair starts to grow in the pubic area and armpit.
  • Their voice begins to deepen.
  • Their muscles strengthen.
  • Acne can begin to occur.
  • Facial hair starts to appear.


Aside from parts of the brain maturing at different speeds, there are many other physical changes to consider. With all of this going on at the same time, it’s no wonder many teenagers exhibit strange behaviour on top of everything else their bodies are going through.

Keep in mind, this can be a very sensitive time in many children’s lives.  As a parent, show support by being patient with a child’s mood swings.  Explain to them that this phase in life is normal and that there is nothing to be ashamed of.  Being a good listener is also imperative to supporting your child through the few years of puberty.  If needed, talk to a therapist or neutral third party if you feel, as a parent, you need support.  Again, the key here is to not make puberty wrong, shameful or disgusting for your child.  It is a natural part of growing up!


About Little Human Scholars School in PJ

Little Human Scholars is an all-in-one childcare solution.  It is a preschool, playschool, kindergarten, nursery and full day daycare centre (with extended hours) located in the heart of PJ.

In fact, the location is one of the things which makes Little Human Scholars so sought after – it is conveniently nestled near Jalan Gasing, University hospital, PJ Old town, PJ New town, Jaya One, Jaya33, and the PJ IT Mall.

The best part is LHS has premiere services many other schools in PJ don’t offer such as full-day daycare with extended hours, CCTV access for parents, and a nifty little phone app called Toddlytic which provides parents with automatic updates on their child’s development, behaviour and health checks.

With full-time guards always present at each of their locations, access to CCTV (which is in every room except the office, bathroom and kitchen areas), and very strict pick-up and drop-off rules, Little Human Scholars treats every child who walks into its hallways as one of their own children!

This place has it all:  location, safety, health, IGSCE curriculum and play-based learning.  What more could you ask for?  Did I mention they also have transportation services and offer meal plans for students?  It doesn’t get any better than that.

If you are interested in a tour of one of our centres (that’s right, there’s more than one), all you need to do is fill out the form here or call +6017-7303-025 and an LHS administrative staff will get back with you shortly!



Jana Moreno