Clumsiness and Other Issues Explained by Puberty in Boys

4951081456 24b4a68f07 zPuberty in boys is a time filled to the brim with confusion and disorientation. Boys often find themselves with more mood swings, more acne, and more clumsiness. It can seem like your son is a bull in a China shop when they suddenly shoot up in height. According to new research reported by BBC News, when boys get their sudden growth spurt, the brain falls behind on adjusting, which affects motor skills and–not surprisingly–makes them clumsy.How puberty sometimes causes clumsiness in boys

“Following a growth spurt, the body needs time to adjust to changes to the periphery, during which time a teenager may walk awkwardly, while teenager who grow steadily are able to handle growth modifications better and so maintain smoothness and regularity when walking.” –Dr. Maria Cristina Bisi, Lead Researcher
The study explains that clumsiness during puberty can be chalked up to the brain taking its sweet time adjusting to the new inches.

Other changes arise during puberty in boys

Puberty is a period of time in which your son’s body goes through immense change. Puberty could be described as a hormonal roller coaster ride with no seatbelts. Bodily changes, mood swings, new hair growth, excessive sweating, and more is all a normal part of puberty in boys.
Teen boys are known for being rowdy, hot-headed, and reckless. These can all be connected to puberty in boys. In a few studies concerning the cognitive and affective empathy–or the consideration for other’s feelings and an ability to react to them– in teens, it was found that boys’ cognitive and affective empathy levels don’t begin to rise until around 15 to 17. It greatly explains why teen boys tend to have little thought to consequences of their actions. It was also found that angst can be directly linked to “raging hormones” from puberty in boys.

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As Executive Director at Trails Carolina, a leading wilderness therapy program for youth and teens, I oversee operations and collaborate with our leadership team. Since 2022, I've also hosted the Common Ground Podcast for parents: With a background in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education, I've managed adventure-based therapeutic programs across the US and Canada. My experiences in competitive athletics and adventure sports have honed my leadership, risk assessment, and decision-making skills, which I apply to running a successful business like Trails Carolina.

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