Information for Preteens:
Body Science, About Clumsiness
When your body is growing so much all at once, it's hard to get used to your new shape. That's why you may notice that you and your friends are much clumsier than usual.
- Have trouble with sports
- Be uncoordinated
- Drop things
- Bang into walls or doorknobs
- Feel awkward
It can be pretty weird – walking into walls suddenly or not being able to catch a football as well as you used to. In middle school, it's not uncommon for kids to fall down stairs or bang into doorknobs with their hipbones.
It may sound funny, but wait until it happens! My friends and I saw it happen all the time – and it happened to us, too. You'll be walking along and boom! Where'd that door come from? Were there always stairs here?
You may feel completely uncoordinated. Where'd those legs come from? Sports can also be pretty awkward. Things that were once easy for you may have to be relearned.
But, all of this clumsiness is okay and normal. It won't last long. Soon, you'll get used to your new body and everything will be back to normal!
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