From surging hormones and acne to body hair and body odor, puberty can be a rocky move for any kid. But young men and women who begin physical development earlier than their partners face specific social and emotional problems, researchers find.
"Bicycling is a pivotal time in children's lives, and early reproductive men and women are likely to struggle psychologically," says Jane Mendle, a psychologist and associate professor at Cornell University .
A 2018 study conducted by Mendle and his team found that girls entering pregnancy than their peers were at greater risk for mental health concerns. They are more likely to become depressed during puberty, study finds, and this disturbance may continue to grow old.
"For some girls, the child's wan can throw them off, and emotional stress may last," Mendle says, "even after the challenges of puberty."
While age difference for adolescence, Jennifer Dietrich, a pediatric gynecologist at Texas Children's Hospital, the average menstrual age is 12.3 years old. However, about 15% of women start advancing earlier – at age 7.
Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics indicates that men also develop earlier, at age 10, six months to one year earlier than the previous generations.
Pediatricians did not recognize a single reason for this migration, but Louise Greenspan, a pediatric endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, said childhood obesity, contributors to the chemical environment , and the effects of long stress hormonal examples on neglect or family abuse, for example – everyone can play a role.
At a very important time when children are long to fit, puberty can show them. And when the body and body hair develops in elementary school, children often feel. Their sexual development can not be hidden from others, they may be ashamed or embarrassed.
Cosette Taillac, a psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., Remembers a particular client, a 9-year-old girl, who began to feel self-playing soccer because his body is developing
When a girl does not want to participate in sports – something she always loves – her parents seek Taillac's help.
"He does not want to dress in front of his teammates," Taillac said.  Studies show girls who are early adults, may be more likely than men to worry about these emotions. According to researchers, it can extend emotional distress, which may increase their risk of depression and anxiety.
However, though girls are less likely to find stress as they feel, men are not hurt, Mendle says.
With Mendle and his colleagues researching, early fasting was more likely than others to feel the identity of the society and to deal with conflicts with friends and classmates. "It can increase their risk of depression," he says, "but we are not sure if these effects last for adulthood."
Since early childhood information is related to girls, parents often get confused when their children begin early, says Fran Walfish, a young and adolescent psychotherapist in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Their first indication, he says, may come when a young tween refuses to shower or wear deodorant.
Helping children navigate new social and emotional barriers can be tricky, some years. But do not be afraid to reach – or to start the conversation early.
Greenspan indicates talking to children about sexual development at the age of 6 or 7. "Starting a conversation when children are young, and keeping lines of communication open could be more frightening in the move, "he said.
Sometimes parents also need to encourage their children. "My client's parents worked on a soccer coach to create more privacy for him when wearing team events," Taillac said. Simple arrangement helped the girl to become safer and more confident.
Of course, not all children are eager for the help of a parent; Some are ashamed of even talking about their new struggles. Sometimes a symptom is confused or overwhelmed, the child psychologists say.
"It is important for parents to realize that pregnancy leads to identification questions such as & # 39; Who am I? & # 39; and & # 39; Where do I fit? & # 39; to men and women, "said Walfish.
Taillac says reading books together. "The books provide a common language to discuss what is happening, which can open conversations between parents and children," he says.
For elementary school children, "Your Care and Preservation: The Body Book for Younger Girls" by Valorie Schaefer can be a useful book. Reading the "The Tween Book: A Growing Up Guide for the Changing You," by Wendy Moss and Donald Moses can be information for men and women, even when they reach teenage years.
Looking at your child early may also worry a parent. If you find yourself uncertain how to intervene, psychologists say, remember that sad children often want the same thing we are looking for when we are angry – a generous dose of empathy.
Fortunately, compassion does not require parents to have all the answers. Exercise calls for both parenting skills like any other age: being emotionally available to children through their milestones in development, witnessing their growing birth, and giving of convenience when life throws them curveballs.
the effects are strong. This scientific evidence demonstrates the kind of parental support that helps to nurture emotional stability, and strengthens the health and relationships of children in the coming years.
Juli Fraga is a psychologist and writer in San Francisco. You will see him on Twitter @dr_fraga .