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When it’s time to change, then its time to change
Don’t fight the tide, come  along for the ride, don’t you see
When it’s time to change, you’ve got to  rearrange
who you are into what you’re gonna be.
Sha na na na, na na na na  na, sha na na na na
Sha na na na, na na na na na, sha na na na na - Brady Bunch, Time to Change lyrics

My boys are growing up.  I would be sad, if not for the fact they are going through puberty.  Puberty in boys is quite a process.   In order to cope, I decided it was time to read up on the topic.

I consulted Dr. Paul to check out the latest information about boys and puberty.  Dr. Paul is a website.  Dr. Paul is a real doctor and he has a website: www.drpaul.com.  Let’s see what the good doctor has to say.

Puberty in boys usually begins at age 11.  However, the normal range is 9 – 14 years.  As I type this, I am being carefull to make sure my teenagers are not around.  If they catch me writing about puberty, my career as a mom may be over.

Here is a list of changes a boy experiences, as he goes through puberty.

Enlargement of male parts

The website uses the anatomically correct terms, not male parts.  But every time I started to type the correct terms, I laughed. Okay, this means male parts get larger.  I do not want to talk about this, but will say…it is true.

Voice change

The larynx (vocal cords) grow resulting in a deeper voice.  This change happened gradually for my oldest son, but overnight for the middle son.  When I phone home, I have no idea which boy I am speaking to.  Their big man voices sound the same.

 Wet Dreams

This is a nocturnal emission.  This fact of puberty makes the boys responsible for changing their own sheets and picking up their own laundry off the floor.  I do not want to ever take a chance of…well, you know.

Involuntary Erections

My husband explains, the boys should wear longer shirts or carry a coat with them at all time.  Something unexpected may pop up  and it is best to be prepared.

Skin

Oil and sweat glands increase production and grow larger.  Boys sweat more and get greasy.  No wonder it is hard to maintain self-esteem.

Body Size

Growth usually occurs two years after the beginning of puberty.  Growth refers to all the body parts.  Generally, the hands, feet arms and legs grow, then they gain the height.  Both older boys are now tall, but for a while they looked like Great Dane puppies.  Big feet and little bodies.

Hair

For boys, this is a very important part of growing up.  Having a body covered with lots of manly hair is a good.  It is what separates the men from the boys.  Hairless = weak, boylike.  Hairy = strong, manly.  My husband, who is part Neanderthal, is our in-house hair expert.

Had enough about puberty for one day?  I sure have.  Learning more, does not make the process easier.  I guess I will have to hang tough and deal this phase of parenting.  Unless, I have any volunteers to take the older boys for a while.  Any takers?