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Is 9 the new 11?

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We’ve all seen it. It’s probably even happened to you. That is, where a compliant, easy going child’s body has been invaded by a less than pleasant, moody alien. “Where has my lovely young child gone?” is the response of many parents. Yes, we’re talking puberty and it’s happening much earlier than most of us are aware of. A recent article in The Age highlights some potentially surprising results from the biggest longitudinal study of puberty in Australia, the Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study, as researchers try to understand why children are entering puberty so much earlier than previous generations. There is ‘an earlier hormonal surge that happens at about eight years of age, which they believe has significant implications for children's social and emotional well-being and also sets the stage for the main even...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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