puberty 

The birds and the bees: Having the talk more than once

At my wedding, my slightly-younger cousin shared a funny story from our childhood. We'd get together nearly every weekend to play house, only rather than have one of us be the mom and the other the dad, we were both moms and veterinarians. (I like to...

Baby-proofing 101

Well, this past weekend you could say I had a "crash" course in baby-proofing 101. Here Mr. Pickles is less than a year old and I thought I had at least a few months before I'd have to remove everything from our bookshelves, hide the valuables and...

What causes early puberty?

I know several women, including my daughter Christy, who hit puberty before the age of ten. Breast development is considered the first sign of the onset of puberty, but lord knows it isn't the only one. Besides menstruation, the hormonal effects of p...

Is tonsil removal a thing of the past?

When I was a kid I got strep throat constantly. I had it so much, in fact, that one year I had it six times. It was at that point that my parents considered getting my tonsils removed. Back when we were kids, which wasn't that long ago when you t...

Too much TV causes premature puberty

With all the running around we do, there's just not very much time for Edan to sit in front of the TV at our house. I've always felt like this was a positive thing -- especially considering the increasing obesity rates amongst children, and other hea...

Woman's age at puberty could determine her child's weight

There are a million and four reasons for obesity, it seems. Every day I wade through headlines screaming about the danger lurking in fried food, video games, the Internet, and fast food commercials. Ominous warnings pervade: we are getting bigger and...

Overweight girls hit puberty early

My daughter Christy reached puberty at the age of nine. One day she was a little girl, the next we were shopping for bras. I have always felt this head start on becoming a woman contributed to some of the problems she faced as a young girl. Researche...

When the chicks fly the nest. The end of the family bed?

A few weeks ago I promised a couple of readers that I would update them when, and if, my family bed statues changed. Well, rest assured those of you who had a raised eyebrow or two over my 13 year-old son's presence in the family bed, he has made the...

Do teens automatically catch the slacker disease?

For the past two months I have been dealing with a 13 year-old male who is just not interested in his GPA. Now, true, Loren's school does not actually give grades, but if it did, his GPA would be dismal. It is not a lack of cognitive functions, his t...

Dealing with early puberty

Do you remember fourth grade when the teachers took all the girls, put us in a room and showed us a video on puberty? If you were anything like me, you probably thought "what is going to happen to my body?" It is called "the curse," sweetie. Welcome ...

Puberty hitting girls as young as 4-years old

Scientists have no real way of explaining it, but you might not just be imagining that kids are growing up too quickly these days: puberty is hitting young girls earlier than ever, and many start showing signs of puberty by 8 years old. Some North Am...

The benefits of a female teacher for teen girls

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I recently traveled on an extended field trip with my son's 8th grade class. Spending three consecutive days with teens who are practically exploding hormones from every pore in there body was a fascinating experi...

Late bloomers, do you have one?

Adolescence is a time of so many changes in a child's life. So much happens in a young person's developing mind and body at this time of life that more often than not they do not want to stand out in any way or form from their peers. So what happens ...

When is the right time for a training bra?

Last night my nine year-old daughter, Cassidy, pulled me aside and asked me one of the questions I have been hoping she would not ask me for a number of years. She lured me into the bathroom, peered around the corner to make sure neither of her broth...

Brain changes and teenage behavior

My son became a teenager this summer. There haven't been any particular changes in his behavior, but I know the teenage years have started. He is apt to change as the hormones kick in, but an article on MedlinePlus reported that the brain also underg...

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