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Learning about your ancestors can be a fun way to link yourself to the bigger world and even the distant past. Although some people can trace their families through generations and far away lands, others may not know much about where or whom they came from. Either way, you probably have some physical traits that are similar to your genetic relatives (which are your ancestors...whether you know them or not!).

Do you have the “family nose”? How about your grandmother’s eyes? Your cousin's legs? And did you ever think about the family “hairy-ness”?

Yep. It’s a thing.

As your body journeys through puberty, all that new hair sprouts in new places because of some new hormones called androgens. But your ancestors also...

The Girlology Foundation is collecting gently used and new bras for girls ages 8-12 served through our free programs for under-resourced families. If you have growing daughters or just an interest, we could use your help! 

In our puberty program for girls, we talk about a LOT of things including first bras, bra shopping and sizing. When we host our programs in the suburbs, we don't usually have to worry about girls' parents being able to provide bras for them when they're needed. With our new outreach, we have many girls whose families can't afford to buy them bras that fit. We'd like to offer those girls their own, properly fitted bras to take home.

Would you PLEASE donate gently used bras or new bras that we can...

As we teach children about their changing bodies, we can’t forget to teach them about what’s happening to the opposite gender. Whether or not your boy is anywhere close to puberty himself, the girls are changing as early as 2nd grade. Giving him a basic understanding goes a long way to help him feel informed, decrease anxiety about what’s ahead, AND improve his support for peers who may be blooming early.

Here’s our list of things a boy needs to know as he faces puberty blossoming among the girls. Let us know what you would add!

  • Girls go First. Let him know that girls’ bodies usually start to change before boys’ do, sometimes as early as 2nd grade. Since the first outward sign of puberty for most...

Help your girls and their parents to understand what to expect in puberty. Sharing this information BEFORE changes occur is the best way to help her face it with confidence. 

Puberty is inevitable, but every girl has a unique experience and handles it in her own way. You can help make it a positive experience by helping your daughter know what to expect and reassuring her that some of the weirdness is actually normal!

To help her (and you) know what’s coming, here’s a brief overview of “the order of things”

  • Feet and hands grow first.
  • Breast buds are next for about 85% of girls.
  • Remember that one side usually buds first as a hard, sometimes tender, knot under the areola. The other side will bud within a short time usually, but sometimes it takes up to 6 months.
  • Shortly after breasts bud (a sign of circulating estrogen), she will begin to have vaginal discharge (...