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More Girls Entering Puberty at a Very Young Age

More and more parents are reaching for "Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret" when choosing a bedtime story for their daughters, thanks to a rise in the number of girls entering puberty early. According to CBS' The Early Show, a study...
More and more parents are reaching for "Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret" when choosing a bedtime story for their daughters, thanks to a rise in the number of girls entering puberty early.

Girls Who Menstruate Early Can Suffer (Duh!) Depression

If you think periods are depressing as an adult, think how you'd feel if you were younger than 12. Credit: Getty
Hmm, how to put this delicately? Aunt Flo is in town.
Scarlett is returning to Tara. The Red Army is marching south....
Bloating, cramping and bleeding before age 12 is depressing? Stop the presses!

Not-So-Noble Awards Take Aim at Year's Most Flagrant Scientific Study Fouls

Welcome to the first Naked Data Not-So-Noble Awards, a nod to the year's most notably egregious scientific discoveries foisted upon parents. Over the past 12 months, I'm sorry to report many studies garnered media attention out of proportion to...Studies on breast-feeding, puberty and autism vaccine deserve to be blasted this year.

Boys Will Be Boys, but They May Be Hitting Puberty Faster Than Their Dads

Boy, you'll be a man soon. Credit: Corbis
Boys will be boys. Actually, boys will be men. And it seems boys are growing up at a much faster rate these days -- with some actually achieving something vaguely resembling maturity by their 50th...
Are boys growing up faster than their fathers?

Victoria's New Secret: Your 7-Year-Old May Be the New Kid on the Bra Store Block

Girls, they grow up so fast. Too fast. Credit: Getty Images
For parents intent on keeping their little girls, well, just that -- little girls -- we hate to tell you, but tweendom is just around the corner. Translation: Your 7-year-old could be...
Girls are developing breasts earlier than ever.

Absence of Biological Father is Linked to Early Puberty, Study Says

Girls who don't live with their biological fathers are more likely to hit puberty at an early age -- but only in households with higher incomes, a new study says. The findings are based on three annual surveys of 444 girls between the ages of 6...Girls who don't live with their biological fathers are more likely to hit puberty at an early age -- but only in households with higher incomes, a new study says.

Lack of Attachment to Mom May Cause Early Puberty in Girls

She's a lot younger than she looks. Credit: Corbis
If you're still on the fence about how you feel about attachment parenting, new research findings about early puberty in girls may send you over the edge. In a study published this week in...

More Girls Entering Puberty Early, Study Finds

Girls are maturing earlier than ever. Credit: Getty Images Girl, you'll be a woman soon. Sooner than you thought. A new study finds that U.S. girls are entering puberty at younger ages than in the past. Early maturity is a public...

Case Study: Managing Weight During Puberty

I was once approached by a mother who was concerned that her 11-year-old daughter was overweight. She assured me that her daughter was active as she was involved in dance classes several times a week and played with her friends during recess. She...

Kinda Sutra - What's Your Version of "The Talk?"

When it comes to sex ed, we're using the honest-but-age-appropriate method of answering our kids' questions. The idea is that our kids will have had several versions of "the talk" by the time they reach puberty, with the hope that they'll be armed...

Bad dads cause early puberty

Research has shown that girls who get their period earlier on are at higher risk of breast cancer, depression and teen pregnancy. There are a lot of factors that can contribute to reaching puberty earlier, including obesity, nutrition, and exposure...

Breast buds for your birthday

I am not one to run to the doctor every time my kid has an ache or a pain. But yesterday, after about a week of hearing my just-turned-eight-year-old girl complain about sore nipples, I decided it was time to call in a professional. The diagnosis was...

Early puberty - how to help them through it

Science may not have figured out exactly what causes some girls to hit puberty early, but experts are working on how to help those girls get through it. It is well established that girls who experience early onset puberty often struggle with...

Parents to delay child's puberty?

If you could delay the onset of your child's puberty, would you? One set of parents is definitely considering it. Their eleven-year-old son, Armand, was born a male but was convinced that he is indeed a girl. Armand's case is not isolated. As we...

Judy Blume talks about her banned books

It's the mid-80s, and four or five freshman girls are standing huddled in the center of the mall, near the bookstore. Why? They want to read Judy Blume's Forever, but the rumor is the store manager will kick you out just for asking. Finally, the...

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