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Fit Family = Fit Girl

There are millions of parents out there who, like me, worry about their children's weight and the weight of children in general. 16 percent of children (over 9 million) 6-19 years old are overweight or obese In the last 3 decades the…
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Bikini Waxing Tweens & Early Puberty

There was a story on MSNBC.com Today Show, Too young? Preteen girls get leg, bikini waxes, about how 20% of bikini wax customers at one Hollywood salon are tweens - pre-teen children. "Nearly 20 percent of the clients that Nance Mitchell…
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Empowering Girls: Breast Cancer Risks

Parents should be aware that there are three things that increase a girl's risk for breast cancer: * If she starts her period early. * If she does not have one baby before age 30. * If she does not breastfeed. From an interview with…
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Empowering Girls: Early Puberty

Please click on this link to see a CNN news story about Body of Knowledge: Puberty. Girls today are reaching puberty around three years earlier than in previous generations. The average age of menstruation was 15 years, it is now 12. Many…

Precocious Puberty

Did you know that it is now common for girls to start their menstrual cycles when they are nine years old? Pubic hair and breasts begin showing up one to two years prior to menstruation, which put many girls in precocious puberty or early puberty…

We Bleed

By Tracee SiouxI've been racking my brain, trying to figure out why we keep the monthly menstrual cycle a big secret from our daughters.I've got nothing. Can't think of a single developmental reason for keeping the biological fact of menstruation…

BMI Red Zone

by Tracee SiouxI find myself in a mothering predicament concerning the body weight and body image of my 5-year-old daughter.My goal as a parent has always been to give my daughter a healthy body image. Make her feel like her body is exactly…