Puberty and Boys

As a single mom of a pre-teen, I have a ridiculous amount of anxiety about puberty and how to explain it to him.  I have no clue where to start, what to say and the first time that he wakes up with "morning wood," I think I may just pass the hell out.  No lie!Being the resourceful woman who I am, I had to start researching what to expect, what to say and how to handle the entire situation.  Here are a few of my findings....more

Wide Eyed Elementary School Parents

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The door slamming. Oh The door slamming. And I KNOW MOM seems to be the response to everything. ...more

UNESCO AND P&G PARTNER TO EMPOWER GIRLS THROUGH PUBERTY EDUCATION

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, UNESCO AND THE ALWAYS BRAND launched the first good policy and practice publication on puberty education and menstrual hygiene management.   UNESCO is the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization,  an agency of the United Nations that promotes education and communication and the arts....more
HomeRearedChef *giggle* Whoa! You MUST try a Julep. :) http://bit.ly/1jUN4pp Yum! Yum!more

My 2014 Book of the Year is Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body

Granted that we are not even two weeks into the beginning of 2014, but I know without a doubt this book will remain my favorite of the year – at least in the women’s health category.Why is Girl to Girl my favorite book??...more
HomeRearedChef elaineR.N. You will be able to soon!more

Dear Puberty: A Letter from a Mom

I recently wrote a letter to Puberty that I wanted to share… Dear Puberty, ...more

Autism and Puberty: What You Need to Know

I am officially the parent of not one but two adolescents. Of two young people hard-wired to vacillate between sweetness and raging defiance. To make matters even more interesting, my son Leo has an autism diagnosis, my daughter Iz doesn’t. The final complication: Though the Internet overflows with advice and perspectives for kids like Iz, I've had a hard time finding really good puberty resources for kids like my son -- kids who communicate and often behave atypically. ...more
It is possible for your child to be feeling gender dysmorphia. She could even be transgendered. ...more

Teens' brains add new cells during puberty to help them become social adults

The current issue of "The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" has the results of a new study on the teen brain's birth of new cells during puberty. (The study was done on hamsters, but apparently hamsters and humans are oddly similar in brain structure!)Neuroscientists showed that during puberty, the brain adds new cells in the amygdala (and its connected regions) - the brain region that deals with reading and understanding social cues. For us, that means evaluating body language and facial expressions (especially in the opposite sex)....more

Ruling the Teen-dom

You remember the saying “when you have a child, it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around your body”? I think it’s really true when you’re the parent of a teen or tween except it’s more like your heart is being stomped....more

My Son's Changing Voice

My baby boy's voice is about to change.  Actually, he's not a baby anymore.  He's 14 years old, and he's at least 2 or 3 inches taller than me now.  He wears size 9 shoes -- not...more