- May experience growth spurt if female
(usually a year or two later for males).
- May tire easily and appear lazy.
- May look out of proportion.
- Is preoccupied with and self-conscious
- Appetite may fluctuate sharply.
- Enjoys observing or participating in
- Is keenly interested in learning about
- May be curious about drugs, alcohol,
- May be experiencing sudden, dramatic,
emotional changes associated with puberty.
- Vacillates between maturity one
moment, immaturity the next.
- Tends to conceal feelings.
- Is hard on self and ultrasensitive to
- Wants parents' help, but may resist
- Is critical of parents.
- Is concerned with prestige and
- Likes to belong to a group and be like
- Becomes quite faddish.
- Prefers to spend time on weekends with
- Friendships may change due to
different levels of maturity.
- Is very aware of the opposite sex.
- Has an increasing attention and
- Strives to succeed.
- Has strong opinions.
- Begins to understand other peoples'
These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general
progression through the developmental stages rather than as
fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages.
It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some
milestones earlier and other milestones later than the
If you have any concerns related to your
child's own pattern of development, check with your health