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Puberty

Putting the Brakes on Adolescent Impulse: The Age of Opportunity

Linda Flanagan | Posted 09.03.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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 ...

Puberty vs. Menopause

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I'm the mom who's just a little bit scandalous. A marriage between Auntie Mame and Mae West. And, coming from my kids, that's not a compliment.

True Confessions Of A Smelly Girl

Katie Tandy | Posted 09.11.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

The men I dated loved that smell, the raw meatiness of it. They couldn't help it. I imagine it was one part tenderness for their smelly little girlfriend and two parts all instinctual, animal sex-beast-magic.

Laughing at Periods

Elissa Stein | Posted 09.08.2014 | Women
Elissa Stein

Commemorating periods in public was a punishment for bad behavior. Whew. That's one powerful message I'm not sure the filmmakers or the Hello Flo folks intended.

Adventures in Brudderland: Conor Byrne's Foureyes and the New Nostalgia

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

Hanging out with Conor Byrne is like visiting Movie Nerd Disneyland, and you'd better have your adventure cap on.

Big Moments in My Big-Breasted History

TueNight | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
TueNight

Boobs can make men stupid, and since you can't hide them, you get to witness a lot of stupidity. Being a mother -- and having a boy -- does make me wonder how ingrained men's love for boobs really is. The answer? Pretty damn ingrained.

Periods, Puberty and 'The Letter': Mom's Life Lessons

Caurie Putnam | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Caurie Putnam

Last week my 10-year-old son brought home from school "the letter." You know the letter -- the one that makes every pre-pubescent mom's heart miss a beat and wistfully wonder where the past decade has gone?

Contracting Instagram

William Lucas Walker | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

We held our ground. For nearly a year. It wasn't easy. Our daughter's increasing anxiety, her distress at being tagged "a nobody with no Instagram" forced us to take a closer look at what was actually going on. We had to look no further than our own middle school years.

6 Things You Can Teach Your Daughter About Her Body

Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill & Dr. Alane Park | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill & Dr. Alane Park

Little girls don't stay little forever. And as your daughter develops into a young woman, you'll need to have the "talk" with her about her changing body. Here are six topics you should cover to ensure she has the information she needs about her developing body.

Hairy Legs

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 03.22.2014 | Women
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

The upside of this hormonal landmark was that my breasts grew infinitesimally. The downside was that Daddy had my stepmother tell me I couldn't wear a padded bra. "Bad girls wear those," she said.

Early Puberty In Girls Linked To Higher Risk Of Problem Behaviors

Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

BY KATHRYN DOYLE NEW YORK Mon Dec 9, 2013 1:34pm EST (Reuters Health) - Girls who start puberty early may be at particular risk for problem be...

Better to Be Straight If You Can

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

I asked my lesbian mother whether she would prefer if I turned out gay or straight. We were in my loft bed: a private place at the top of the world, perfect for a hushed conversation like this. I was aware of the topic's sensitivity and I knew I'd put her in a bind.

The Great Mystery of Straight People

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Of course, straight people were everywhere, but when they were on TV, they weren't real to me, and when they were my friends' parents, they weren't sexy to me. Young English teachers and comedy actors in movies, however, seemed both real and sexy to me.

Girls Are Reaching Puberty Earlier -- This Might Be Why

Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 11/04/2013 07:27 AM EST on LiveScience Many girls in the U.S. may be entering puberty at younge...

Teaching Puberty Earlier

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Donisha Dansby Today in America, puberty is beginning earlier than a generation ago. Researchers are debating the possible links to environmental ...

The Birds And The Bees Talk: 1966 Style

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 09.14.2013 | Comedy
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

At these words I cracked up, "So let me get this right. Dad's lecture freaked you out so much, made you absolutely terrified of even thinking about sex, that you held off from anything until you were... twelve, maybe twelve and a half?"

Birds, Bees, and Miniskirts

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

As my kids get older, talks about sex, hormones, wisdom, maturity, morals, and just good ol' fashion common sense have become more frequent. I am totally comfortable with such talks. What I'm not comfortable with is when the lectures turn back on me.

Endocrine Disruptors Heat Up the Hill

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 08.18.2013 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Endocrine disruptors -- basically, chemicals that change your hormones -- include BPA, found in hard plastics, food can linings and cash register rece...

What Happened to Little Girls?

Danielle Moodie-Mills | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices
Danielle Moodie-Mills

If at 4 or 5 years old, you are getting a full weave to make you "cute," what will be your fix at 20? Nothing, it seems, is off-limits.

Sex-Ed Needs K-12 Foundation Like Math, According To New Standards

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.21.2013 | Health News
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The Chicago Board of Education recently approved a new sexual health education policy, based on the National Sexuality Education Standards&n...

Bra Shopping In A Blended Family

Judy Silk | Posted 04.28.2013 | Divorce
Judy Silk

Sharing a child isn't as risk free as it might seem. Sure I can appreciate that my daughter has extra people loving her, and she gets to have a different perspective in parenting, but there's a small selfish part of me that still wants to dominate all the highlights.

Three Surprising Truths about Teens

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

If you could ask any question of a wise and experienced neuroscientist and pediatrician, one who specializes in the secret emotional life and bizarre brain activity of your adolescent child, what would you ask?