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From Early Puberty Body Shame to Progressive Parenting

Guest Post By Amanda Rose Adams You Need a Bra!  When Erin Frank spilled the beans about my surprise slumber party for my 9th birthday, all I could think about was how awesome it would be to have all those girls at my house. They rode home…
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Change My Life: Puberty and Menstrual Health

Who knew there were loads of organizations with a focus on menstrual health? Not me. I'm not even sure that I knew "menstrual health" was a thing. Since the New York Times story I've been contacted by several organizations which focus on…
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The Girl Revolution in New York Times Magazine

Very Public Exposure Ainsley and I were in the New York Times Magazine on Friday. It was risky and scary, though important, because the topic was early puberty. TGR Body, our craptastic-ingredient-free skincare line (many skincare products…
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4th Grade Puberty Whirlwind

"Half the 4th Grade girls have boobs and wear bras," Ainsley reported. "Really? Like, for real?" I asked, stunned because no one had boobs until like the 7th Grade when I was in school. "Like they really need bras?" "Yeah." "Well, give…
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Ophelia and Unconscious Puberty

Books such as Reviving Ophelia, Saving Beauty From the Beast, Queen Bees & Wannabes, Odd Girl Out and Girlfighting have elucidated the cultural context that puts so many adolescent girls at risk. But that's only one part of the story. Daughters…
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Not-Dreaded Period. Spiritual Gift

  Never say "dreaded period" again! It is not dreaded. At all. It is a lovely gift of heightened women's intuition. It sets us on our Soul Path. It allows one's inner wise woman to speak louder and be heard, because one feels more…
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Dot Girl Period Kit

Kathy Pickus from Dot Girl Products sent Ainsley a Dot Girl First Period Kit in preparation for her eventual period. This was not our first discussion about menstruation, but it was the discussion with the visual aids to illustrate the…
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Hormone Martini

Hormone Martini Recipe One part early puberty. One part early peri-menopause. Mix in a whopping bit of love. Stir in some house rules in a card game, jokers wild. Plop in some compound hormones. Slather on some mean girls from school. Drizzle…

Toxic Substances Control Act - Early Puberty

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner and MomsRising.org are supporting an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act, to address endocrine disrupters that mess with girls' hormones in an effort to fight early childhood puberty. According to the Journal…
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Experience Irrelevant

When Ainsley was younger, I suppose I was more naive and optimistic about my powers as a parent. Now that she's nearing nine, I have the benefit of getting used to the idea of my own powerlessness. Of course, I have a great deal of influence…
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Jamie Oliver's TED Wish - Educate Kids About Food

Jamie Oliver is a chef. As such he loves food. Given one single wish, that he gets to make in front of the best and brightest people with all the resources in the world, he chose to confront the childhood obesity epidemic armed with information…

Obesity & Late Puberty for Boys

According to an article, Puberty gap: Obesity splits boys, girls on MSNBC.com, new studies have indicated that the current obesity epidemic among children is causing boys to hit puberty later than previous generations. Girls appear to be hitting…