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Ah, puberty. The time in one's life in which a human being is biologically no longer considered a child and the body starts to mature into that of an adult capable of reproduction.

Typically beginning in girls between ages 9 and 13 (usually around age 11) and boys between ages 10 and 15 (usually age 12), puberty can be an emotional rollercoaster for a lot of kids, with feelings ranging from excitement, disappointment, confusion, to downright frustration. Although commonplace to begin as early as third grade, it really starts to become a major issue starting with the onset of middle school, at which point one is given a rite of passage to adolescence and starts to experience hormonal emotions.

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For the stereotypical psychological and cultural changes associated with puberty, see Aging Tropes and Teenage Tropes. May overlap with Transformation Causes.



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