During the three to five years that it takes for a girl to get through puberty, there’s a LOT of stuff going on! Some of the changes can be exciting, but many create anxiety. Girls worry about whether their body is changing in a normal way. They worry if they are first to develop, and they really worry if they are developing later than all of their friends. And when bodies are changing and doing new things that they don’t understand, they worry that something is wrong.

When girls understand what’s normal and expected, they face the changes with greater confidence and less anxiety. After a decade of leading girls’ puberty eduction programs and receiving thousands of questions through our website, we know what girls (and their...

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of the girls I know start feeling flooded by thoughts and feelings of being loved by another… by some dreamy soulmate…by someone that’s indisputably “too good to be true!” But why do we let one day result in so much disappointment and negative self-talk about being unlovable? C’mon… do we really want to measure our worth based on a box of chocolates or flowers? If you really stop and think about it, it’s way over-rated. Right?!?!

Let’s dare to find ways to be “too good to be true” to the family and friends we love... and also to ourselves. Instead of defining our worth based on what we receive, let’s empower ourselves to start making it a day to appreciate our ability to give....

From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I sensed I was having a girl. Due to a difficult relationship with my own mother, I had huge fears about having to negotiate a mother-daughter relationship. Nonetheless, my husband and I felt a kind of crazy excitement about what the gender of our firstborn might be - that was before I knew or understood the complexity of gender for a child.

As many parents do today, we decided we would reveal the baby’s gender in a unique way. I spent several hours one day with a good friend and co-worker (while we were supposed to be working) looking for quotes about boy children and girl children. We decided that after my appointment to discover the gender, I would send my family and friends a text...

What is it about some New Year’s resolutions that makes them stick? A not-so-scientific survey of my colleagues in the break room tells me it’s the ones that are simple but with a big impact. So this month, we’d like to challenge you to take on a Big Impact Resolution  that is simpler than you might think: Reducing Cancer Risk for your children (and yourself). 

Research has clearly identified many conditions and exposures that increase the risk of certain cancers. There are also some things that have been clearly linked with a reduced or eliminated risk of cancer. By combining lifestyle habits and medical treatments that prevent/reduce cancers and by steering clear of habits...

Here we are admiring another January and another opportunity to hit refresh, to reflect, and to make changes if need be. One thing that I bring to this new year is a rock solid belief in being proactive, and through reflection, I realize that it’s time to pass that on to our two daughters, ages 11 and 10. Why wait on a disaster when you can prevent it, right? Shouldn’t everyone be empowered to do so?

As a teacher, I know sometimes we create classrooms with a one-person-in-charge mentality: me. I am the teacher. I tell you when. I tell you how. Students are taught early to be directed by their teachers, leaving little room for independent thinking.   

Children are also taught “Mother knows best,” which shows up when I see...

As another year winds down, we've been reflecting on all the great things that have happened, and much of it is because of our friends like you who help spread the word about what we're doing. Here’s our year-end inventory of our reach.

The Numbers for 2016

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Girlology is thrilled to be a small part of a huge project that is improving the way kids learn about sex and sexuality. Amaze.org has created animated videos (fun, accurate, humorous, goofy...just the way we like them!) that give kids all the answers they actually want to know about sex, their body and relationships. This video on menstruation was developed from our You Got IT ebook, and our Co-Founder, Dr. Holmes, serves as an Advisory Panel member providing feedback and input on all of the videos. 

Check out their website (amaze.org) and YouTube channel (Amaze Org)  to see thier other videos and share them with your children. On the amaze.org website,...

As we look ahead to a new year, most of us will try to find that perfect magical New Year’s resolution that will make us feel… well…BETTER. If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, deep down you might think that it probably won’t last, but for a split second when you think about what that resolution should be, there will be hope that you can become a better version of yourself this year than you were last year. Right? And maybe you’ll be similar to the other millions of people fantasizing about looking better… fitting in better … fitting into your jeans better… and being seen by others as simply better (than before).

What if I told you that your well-intentioned New Year’s resolution will likely be motivated by the same need...

Maybe you hear that a lot: “You are worth it.” But what exactly is IT

As you’re giving thanks this holiday season, remember to wrap your arms in a tight self-hug and think deeply about the many reasons you have to be grateful.  Some days it feels easier to love ourselves than other days, but it doesn’t have to be that way. When we choose to focus our thoughts on what it actually means to be LOVABLE, instead of feeding the fear that we don’t measure up, we begin to understand and feel our self worth. Trust me… when you learn to think this way, you will see how you measure up!

Here’s a tip on learning to love the true you (a new spin on feeling lovable that perhaps you haven’t considered)....

Got 12 minutes? Listen to the RadioMD podcast as Dr. Holmes discusses how parents can do a better job talking with their kids about body changes and sexual health.

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Are podcasts something you use regularly? If so, let us know! What topics would you like to hear the Girlology &  Guyology team discuss? We may just start our own regularly posted podcasts that you can access on YOUR time! 

As if body changes aren’t enough, the tween years also bring major changes in moods, behaviors, interests, and the way they think. Suddenly, your child can sling some attitude, text without looking, and argue you to death-all at once! Many of these new “skills” are blamed on raging hormones, but the truth is that most of them are actually caused by all the shiny new neurons and hardwiring going on in your adolescent’s brain.

As recently as a few decades ago, scientists thought the brain was finished growing around age two, and “data entry” was all that happened after that. Today, through advanced medical imaging techniques, we know that the brain begins a second, large growth spurt around age twelve and finishes up in the early...

Good news: Your TWEEN will Like This One!

We’ve been waiting for this official announcement, and it’s here! The CDC has recommended that for 11-14 year olds, the HPV vaccine now only requires 2 injections instead of 3. And instead of getting the second injection two months after the first, the spacing should now be at least 6 months apart, but even a year apart is fine. 

Why the change? The newer vaccines, given at younger ages are producing such effective immunity that a 3rd injection isn’t necessary. This is based off of research studies that showed two doses of the HPV vaccine in younger adolescents (9-14) resulted in a similar or better immune response than three doses in 16-26 year olds.

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As a pediatrician/adolescent medicine specialist, I ask questions all day long, including lots of questions about sex and sexuality. By now, I’ve probably interviewed tens of thousands of adolescents. I teach medical students to take sexual histories: always promising confidentiality unless someone’s life is in danger, emphasizing the importance of being non-judgmental and open-minded, and not making assumptions about people’s sexuality. I never asked my sons any such questions because I didn’t want to pry; if they wanted me to know something, I figured they’d tell me or ask me questions.

About five months before my older son was getting married, in the middle of dinner, my wife and I with our two sons, our younger son Noah...

Are you on Twitter? JOIN US for a Twitter Chat as we discuss better ways to talk with kids about sex, sexuality, love and relationships.

Never been part of a twitter chat? It's easy. You can participate as a spectator (and just enjoy the great comments and advice), or you can pitch in and add your own comments. If you see something helpful, give it a retweet or like it! If you have something to add, tweet it with the hashtag #TalkTips.

All you need to do is open Twitter on Thursday, Oct 27 from 3:00-4:00 pm, and in your search box, type #TalkTips or @girlology. Either will take you to the chat where we'll be asking professionals, parents, and young people how to improve the dialogues we have with children about...

Girlology is thrilled to be a small part of a huge project that is improving the way kids learn about sex and sexuality. Amaze.org has created animated videos (fun, accurate, humorous, goofy...just the way we like them!) that give kids all the answers they actually want to know about sex, their body and relationships. The video on menstruation was developed from our You Got IT ebook, and our Co-Founder, Dr. Holmes, serves as an Advisory Panel member providing feedback and input on all of the videos. 

Check out their website (amaze.org) and YouTube channel (Amaze Org...

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