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Puberty

Can True Love Ever Win?

George Heymont | Posted 08.11.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Puberty has a profound influence on a person’s body. Raging hormones, new hair growth, and irrational mood swings upset the normal cycle of child-pa...

"I'm Kind Of Busy Now"

Gina Badalaty | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Gina Badalaty

Dealing with a bit of teen attitude is easy compared to some of the complexities that come with raising kids that have special needs. There was no mystery about what she meant, no hidden "wants" I had to unlock, no misunderstandings about her motivation. She simply didn't want to help.

Tweenage Drama Island: Where EVERYTHING Is Personal

Lori Duff | Posted 02.24.2016 | Fifty
Lori Duff

Some other Moms of pubescent girls and I have been talking, and we think we've found a solution to our problems that will not only make our lives easi...

I Don't Want My Daughters to Be Popular at School

Jill Campbell | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Jill Campbell

As much as I don't want to admit that these movies are accurate, the teen social hierarchy is evident in schools all over the globe. You have your cliques, your pecking orders and your gangs. And you likely have varying degrees of self-segregation by race, age, gender, culture, sexual orientation and social status.

"Facing Fears," by Gaelle Mambo Awah (age 14)

The Advice Project | Posted 01.14.2016 | Teen
The Advice Project

Gaelle Mambo is a 14-year-old student studying sciences in Bamenda, Cameroon. She's had a passion for writing since I was eight years old, and she'd l...

A Trans Kumite

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

In between a breath, gravity and its pull eluded me. Suspended in mid-air, in time. The world around me reduced to a blur; ears ringing in pain. With ...

A 51-Year-Old Gay Man's Response to The Force Awakens

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

In 1977, there was no positive gay imagery in American culture. No movies or television shows had gay characters. "Coming out" was not a thing. I had no idea what homosexuality was. So ... Luke became my boyhood hero, my role model. He was someone who feels different and has a secret, like me.

8 Books That Don’t Sugarcoat Teen Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.06.2015 | Arts

In a recent installment of HuffPost’s Love + Sex podcast, co-hosts Noah Michelson and Carina Kolodny talked about the increasing number of teens tur...

Naama Bloom : Knowledge Is Power

Renata M. Black | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Renata M. Black

Knowledge is power. I don't want girls and women to feel ashamed of the things that our bodies do that feel messy. You can live such a better life if you know your body.

This Amazing 10-Year-Old Wants To Help Make Girls More Confident

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.31.2015 | Black Voices

Olivia Allen, 10, has already taken her first steps to becoming a philanthropist. Allen, who lives in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted a free conference f...

ABC Family Generation

Samara Wolpe | Posted 07.27.2016 | College
Samara Wolpe

This year, a generation of kids will be thrust into the long awaited but still unsettling age of puberty and turn to ABC Family for answers. While you enjoy your show, think about what that half hour is creating in our generation.

The Secret of the Hairy Leg

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 07.02.2016 | Women
Elaine Ambrose

I was 12 when my mother sat beside me, nervously cleared her throat, and gave this serious admonishment: I was never to shave my legs. I solemnly nodded but neglected to mention that I secretly had been shaving for more than a year.

Strange Bedfellows Perpetuate the Denial of Proper Care for Young Trans Girls

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Even if it's true that 75 percent of gender dysphoric boys turn out to be gay, it is also true that denying the gender dysphoric boys who are actually girls the right to transition is cruel and abusive, and too often life-threatening.

Stop Policing Women's Bodies

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Women
Beth Cone Kramer

We can teach our children there's a time and place for cocktail or beach attire without shaming girls for their bodies. And we need to teach and show boys that a girl's attire or presence at a party doesn't mean she's fair game.

Growing Up: The Hardest, Most Enjoyable Thing You Will Do

Robin Cassady | Posted 05.14.2016 | Women
Robin Cassady

When you're an adolescent, coming into your teen years sounds awesome. We wake up every morning pick out outfits based on how we feel that day, or consider the thought of grabbing the attention of a cute boy at school. Life is so easy for us then.

In Defense Of The Awkward Phase

Una LaMarche | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Una LaMarche

If your child is in the midst of waging the unwinnable battle that is puberty, or even if he or she is just making some questionable grooming choices along the windy, circuitous path to self-acceptance, try to resist the urge to step in with a save.

Let's Talk About Sex (and Puberty) Without Fear

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

It's time that fathers take a more active role in educating and raising their daughters to accept themselves for all that they are and ever will be.

Rain Before Rainbows

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

The sheer magnitude of changes taking place during puberty and throughout adolescence pushes to center stage the issue of identity, in all its forms and with all of its vagaries.

Little Women, Big Risks

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Science
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

We have to let our girls have their girlhood and not be pushed into premature womanhood. It's not healthy for them as children and continues to affect them as adults.

About a Boy

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

Children and teenagers know about sex, think about sex and act on their biological and psychological urges to try it -- or to at least imagine trying it.

I Am Possessed by a Demon

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

My bargain with the devil has plagued me for almost 40 years. But now I feel renewed. It is time that all homosexuals heed Gina Miller's words and 'fess up. Reveal your own "dark and perilous" truths!

Putting the Brakes on Adolescent Impulse: The Age of Opportunity

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Linda Flanagan

Adolescence begins with puberty and ends, ambiguously, with the makings of adult independence: marriage, financial self-sufficiency, employment.

What Happened When My Daughter Asked For A Bra

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I was not this cool about puberty when I was its target. Maybe it was Catholicism, maybe it was the '80s, but I did not look that business of growing up straight in the eyes.

My Experience With Body Hair and Why I Became a Manscaper

Eric Barry | Posted 09.29.2014 | Comedy
Eric Barry

Generally before I make any decisions in life, I ask myself one important question: What Would Ryan Lochte Do?

One Parent May Have Bigger Role In A Girl's Puberty Age

Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents

By: Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 07/24/2014 08:02 PM EDT on LiveScience The age at which girls reach puberty is influenced by a set ...