It happens when you least expect it. One night your little boy goes to bed with a sweet, high- pitched voice and the next morning he wakes up with a deep voice. A voice change can be really exciting, but it can also be a little embarrassing and nerve-racking too. Here's what you need to know.
Why Do Boys' Voices Change?
As boys grow and develop, their throats grow as well. Before puberty, a boy's vocal cords are small and thin; after puberty, his vocal cords become thicker and longer. This change in shape and shape produces a change in sound as well. Combine this change with the changes that happen in the facial bones, nasal cavities and throat, and a deeper sound is created. Both boys and girls experience this same change, but the effect is much more noticeable in boys than in girls.
When Do Boys' Voices Change?
Boys' voices change sometime during puberty, or between 11 and 15 years old. The most common ages for the voice to change are 12 and 13. The change can happen gradually or quickly, but it usually doesn't happen all at once.
How to Help Your Son Deal with a Changing Voice
A cracking, changing voice can be embarrassing for a young man who is suddenly no longer able to control the sound of his own voice. Help him ease this transition by assuring him that the cracking and breaking noises are completely normal, that all boys go through it, and that it doesn't last long. Advise him to try clearing his throat and starting again if his voice starts to crack, and to just go on like nothing has happened. Other people won't make a big deal out of it if he doesn't.
A voice change is an exciting time in a boy's life. Help him to see past the embarrassment and embrace the fact that he is growing up to be a man!