Childhood is that stage of life in which we endure life without major use of reason, and when we reach maturity we look back on it nostalgically. Defining the boundaries that mark the end of childhood is a task for every culture, and it is a rather complicated task. The Greeks thought childhood was finished at the age of seven; today we can find cultures where the term extends until the child is sixteen years of age.
Many cultures have a specific age denoting the end of this phase of life and have certain traditions to celebrate the transition between childhood and adulthood. Other cultures simply empower the biology of the human body, especially when it begins to transform, and think this is when childhood begins to fade into “adolescence,” or a pre-adult stage. There are also necessities – such as a need for “independence” and sexual desire – that mark the beginning of this new stage in the life of every human being.