Puberty was the stage when we, as children, became sexually mature. It happened that very few of us were actually interested in sex that time, and for most of us it was the big speed bump that followed our carefree childhoods. Generally speaking, puberty occurs in girls between the ages of 10 – 14, and in boys a good deal later, usually between the ages of 12 – 16. After puberty hit, we were never to be the same again. Puberty officially begins when the pituitary gland tells the testes to secrete testosterone in boys, or signals the ovaries to secrete estrogen in girls.
No matter how much our parents prepared us with talks and scientific reading material, it was either difficult or confusing when puberty began. When I was young, most parents gave their kids The Talk, and often shocked them into silence for quite a few days, or sometimes even weeks. Sometimes Americans call this talk explaining “the birds and the bees,” which is a euphemism for sex. Nowadays, many schools begin introducing the human reproductive system and how it works in practical life before puberty surprises the unsuspecting kids. Modern psychologists recommend that parents should not ever give their kids The Talk in one sitting anymore, but instead give them a series of small talks, based their questions and interest.
Our bodies grew a lot during puberty, actually, faster than any time except for our first year as babies. This is called a growth spurt. We went through a lot of other changes, too. Some we thought were cool, such as curves for girls and deepening voices for boys. But none of us thought that pimples and underarm odors were cool. After 2 to 3 years of puberty, most of us had reached our adult height. Many kids have mood swings and sometimes have times of acting or hiding in their rooms, often all in the same day. A lot of kids become overly sensitive and cry easily, others become very self-conscious and unsure of themselves. Puberty, like old age, is not for cowards.
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Betsy is a wonderful English teacher! Not only is she a native English speaker, but she is also “antenada” in what’s going on around the globe, enabling all kinds of subjects to be brought to light through very engaging and in-depth discussions, and providing a rich vocabulary, with words and expressions you don’t normally find in your usual English textbooks (and that are only ever mentioned on advanced English classes after years and years of going to the same English school). She is very open-minded and has a great sense of humor, making “convos” interesting and funny. And…Betsy loves cats – she is the best! Love, Carla & Amanda.
Betsy is a very nice teacher. She is dedicate, loves the students and always try to help us with our problems. Every each class we can learn different things and Betsy prepares excellent exercises each day. I love my English Class.
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