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Common Signs

The physical changes that come with adolescence concern teenagers who wonder if their development is "normal". They may be excessively modest, reluctant to dress in group locker rooms and may even ask to be excused from PE classes. They may also avoid normal social activities

How To Avoid Problems

Educate your child about the physical changes that occur during adolescence. Emphasize that there is no set "timetable" for puberty. Help him/her understand that "normal" development differs from one person to the next, just like height, weight, body type and hair color.

What To Do IF You Have Problems

Assure your child that all teenagers have concerns about their changing bodies. Let him/her know that these feelings are perfectly normal. If your child has difficulty talking with you, a family counselor can help.