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Created By: Roxy5
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  • Topic : Puberty ~ The First Signs..

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Puberty...such an awkward, uncomfortable stage. One we've all experienced and which some of us are now experiencing once again, this time as mothers of pubescent daughters. I don't know which was worse, experiencing it first hand or watching helplessly as my daughter went through all the physical and hormonal changes that puberety brings. Maddison was a bit of an early bloomer and now at the ripe old age of 12, I think (fingers crossed!) we may be over the worst of things and I have to say I think we adjusted fairly well to it all. We still have our moments when hormones are raging and tensions are high but on the whole things have settled back into some sort of normality.


    It can be a very daunting time for both mother and daughter if you're not prepared and armed with the right information to help ease her as painlessly as possible through the transition from childhood to pubescence. That's why we're so fortunate to have the Libra Zone here at Kidspot, filled with all the information and advice you need to get both yourself and your daughter through this treacherous period. 


    One topic I found particularly helpful in my own experience with my daughter can be found here. It lists some of the early signs of the onset of puberty and describes some of the changes your daughter might be experiencing.


    The first sign for me was noticing Maddison had gained a little weight and realising that the little lumps on her chest were no longer just part of her chubbiness but were actually the beginnings of breasts. It was quite a shock to realise my little girl was not so little anymore and was on her way to becoming a young woman.


    What were/are the first signs you noticed of impending puberty in your child?

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    Posted October 23, 2012

    I've got a 13, nearly 14 year old, who hasn't started menstruating yet. When she was 11 she started getting pimples; at 12, she started getting curves; at 13 I noticed a pattern forming and have been writing it down in my diary. Her pimples become more angry and so does her mood around the same time each month. This leads me to believe that it's not far off beginning. She is the last out of her group of friends. They all started theirs 2 years ago. She is starting to get worried - I say make the most of it and if it doesn't start within the next year, then we'll worry about it!

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    Posted September 5, 2012

    This all freaks me out. This is all just around the corner for miss3 & I'm not looking forward to it.

  • Member
    Posted September 5, 2012

    First signs are happening NOW for my 7 year old - I'm sure of it! She is more moody and I'm definitely wondering if hormones are already coming in to play. And those little buds on her chest - pretty sure they are breast buds JUST beginning to form. EEK! I'm afraid my darling girl will be the very first girl among her peers to develop, and possibly start the period side to puberty fairly early as well. She's a very big girl for her age - around the size of an average 10 year old. So she LOOKS like she's ready for this. But she's really not. :-(

  • Posted August 17, 2012

    My kids are still along way off from this stage!! but I thought I would join so I can be prepared for all the tricky questions and hopefully I wont get as many out of the blue questions that stump me.  Thanks for sharing and being part of this group for mums like me that.

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    Posted August 10, 2012

    With Lauren (12 next month) it was her starting to get a tiny bit curvier (she was previously like a stick) and each month she has had a bit of stomach pain and a headache - around the same time of the month.  Still no period here, BUT we had a breakthrough in that she talked to me about it last week after not wanting to talk at ALL! 

    They had the "talk" (Centacare visit) at school and she mentioned that she had asked questions via the anonymous box.  I said that was fantastic and would she like to tell me.  She said she asked how long periods go for (meaning until what age) and as they hadn't had their questions answered at that stage, I told her and was able to chat to her about it - in the car which seems to be a good place for a lot of talks that would otherwise be difficult for some tweens.


    Now that the lines of communication are more open here I hope I can continue to prepare her for when her time comes.