There is no “normal” age of puberty. Early or late starters are not abnormal, they are simply at different ends of nature's schedule.
Those that begin puberty early are at a certain disadvantage because often no one thinks to give them any information or warn them ahead of time. Years ago, in the time of your grandparents, or maybe even your parents, talking about puberty was like talking about something bad. People felt uncomfortable and often children were not given any information at all. They were just left to nature's devices. Girls that started menstruating, or "getting their periods" sometimes thought they were dying. Boys that experienced some swelling of their breasts worried that they were turning into girls. Since asking questions was frowned upon and a lot of times even the parents didn't know the right answers, kids went through a
lot of needless anxiety.
WE WON'T BE ABLE TO COVER EVERYTHING THAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO YOU ON THIS SITE, BUT WE CAN GIVE YOU A GENERAL IDEA.
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