Signs of puberty

What are the first signs of puberty? Amy Lang discusses what kinds of signs to look out for in children around the age of 11 for both girls and boys.
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Signs of puberty

The first sign of puberty in girls are breast buds, which means that her nipples will begin to stand out in her chest. She also might have some discomfort. That's usually the first sign in a girl. That will tip the daughter and the family off, here she goes. She's off on this wonderful ride that's called puberty where her body turns from a kid body into an adult body. Girls usually don't start their period until about two years after they get breast buds and they usually need to weigh about 100 pounds. For most girls, this is around 11 or 12 years old. The first sign of puberty in a boy is something you won't see. Puberty usually begins for boys around 11 years old, and their testicles get larger. What you will notice is that they get stinky. If you have a stinky boy at your house, you have puberty at your house.

What are the first signs of puberty? Amy Lang discusses what kinds of signs to look out for in children around the age of 11 for both girls and boys.


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Amy Lang, MA

Sex Education Expert

Despite her 16 years of experience as a sexual health educator, Amy Lang found herself completely tongue-tied when her four year old son had "something very important" to tell her about his penis. Shocked by her discomfort, she realized if she was struggling, other parents must be too. Amy also holds an MA in Applied Behavioral Science and her focus was in adult education and group facilitation. She decided to combine her love of sex talking and her love of working with adults and started Birds + Bees + Kids in 2006.

Amy is a three time Mom’s Choice Award winner for her book, Birds + Bees + YOUR Kids - A Guide To Sharing Your Beliefs About Sexuality, Love and Relationships and DVD, Birds + Bees + Kids - The Basics. She is also the author of the book, Say What?! The Birds + Bees for Progressive Parents - What to Say and How to Say It!

She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Magazine, Parent Map magazine and has contributed to a gazillion other publications. Sex advice guru Dan Savage says “Amy is a parent’s best friend-with-benefits when it comes to talking to kids about sex.” 

Though Birds + Bees + Kids, Amy helps parents of all beliefs have easy, open and effective conversations about sexuality, love and relationships with their kids. She offers talks, workshops, one-on-one consultations and live webcasts. Amy is also the co-founder of MamaCON - Inspiration and Tools for Modern Moms, a conference supporting the hard work of moms everywhere.

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