If it doesn’t start, puberty is coming. When it begins, your daughter will begin to grow rapidly. They get higher, their hips get wider, and their waists get narrower. Their breasts will begin to develop, and they will begin to grow hair in places they have never had before – in the trisomy area, under their arms, and on their legs. Thanks to hormones, things began to change.
Your daughter’s mood may surprise you. For a moment, they felt they could do anything. The next day, they felt like a loser. They are happy, then sad, then happy again. They want to hug and then reject all forms of love from you. Active support. Like all children, they need to know that you are there to support them.
Their brains are physically the largest, but they don’t stop maturing until they are in their 20s. The prefrontal cortex contributes to impulse control and organizational skills (planning, reasoning, and problem solving) and is still a few years away from full development. But they can now express their feelings and thoughts in abstract terms, including justice, equality, politics and citizenship. They are better at solving problems and logic. Planning and thinking about the consequences may still be a challenge.