Childhood usually defined as the period of human development between birth (or sometimes infancy) and puberty, at around 12 years of age, i.e. a biological definition. Marking this period offfrom every other, treating people differently during it and expecting different behaviour from them, gives it a particular psychological importance. In this sense childhood is not a universal phenomenon. It varies culturally and historically and in some societies does not even appear to exist.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Childhood
- The state of being a child; the time in which persons are children; the condition or time from infancy to puberty.
- Children, taken collectively.
- The commencement; the first period.
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