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Do you ever wish you could change something about your body? Do you wish you were taller? Or smaller? Do you wish you had a different shape? More muscles? Or more curves? Do you wish you looked older?
Kids’ bodies change as they go through puberty. But puberty doesn’t happen at the same time for every kid. Some kids develop early. They may feel awkward at first. They might feel proud too. Other kids develop much later. They may wish they would hurry up and grow. They feel excited to become an older kid.
But there’s no way to rush it along. A young girl won’t grow breasts until her body is going through puberty. And a young boy won’t develop big muscles like teen guys and adult men have. Not even if he lifts weights. It’s hard to be patient.
As your body changes, the way you feel about it might change too.
If you want to feel better about your body, here are some tips:
When you’re growing up, lots of changes happen and everyone wonders: Am I normal?
On the way to becoming a man, a boy’s body will go through a lot of changes, including your body growing bigger, your voice changing, and hair sprouting everywhere. Find out more.
How do you like your height? Check out this article if you feel too tall or too short.
A lot of people talk about fit kids, but how do you become one? Here are five rules to live by, if you want to eat right, be active, and keep a healthy weight.
You need self-esteem, but it doesn’t always come naturally. Find out what it means to feel good about yourself.
Voice cracking? Clothes don’t fit? Puberty can be a confusing time, but learning about it doesn’t have to be. Read all about it in this article for kids.
As you get older, your body will change — this is part of growing up. Here’s what to expect.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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