Puberty is the term used to describe the time in life when boys and girls become sexually mature and begin the process of transitioning from child to adult. It’s a time when there are lots of changes happening for your child – physical, sexual, social, emotional – which can be overwhelming for them and for you as a parent too. Puberty occurs when chemical changes start happening in your child’s brain which in turn cause sex hormones to be released in either the ovaries (in girls) or testes (in boys). Girls typically enter puberty between 10 – 11 years of age with boys entering puberty a bit later between 11 – 13 years. However, puberty can begin earlier or later depending on the individual child and this is normal too.