She's growing up too fast

I can still remember the day the nuns and teachers separated the girls and the boys in seventh grade to cover sex education. In retrospect, it was probably worse for the boys, since the monsignor was brought into the school to talk to them. We girls at least had the female science teacher in addition to the nuns....more

When Should My Daughter Start Wearing a Bra?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I am in uncharted territory here and hoping you can help. My 10-year-old daughter is developing breast buds, and I was recently informed by a family member that she should start wearing a bra. What? First of all, a bra would do nothing in terms of support, and I don't want to start making her self conscience when she doesn't even have real breasts yet. Or am I missing the boat on this? ...more
I learned I should be wearing a bra when a guy in my class went to snap my bra strap and there ...more

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


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. :) 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