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We must get at least a dozen comments and emails every week from girls asking the question, “When will I get my first period?” It’s obvious that every girl has put a lot of thought into how puberty is progressing and what’s up next because we get all sorts of details. We hear about when breasts budded, how long pubic hair has been around, whether there’s discharge or not, when mom started her period, and how many friends have already started. Some girls seem worried, while others are clearly excited and impatient!

So how do you know? There are definitely some things that should happen BEFORE you start your period, but the timing is a bit of a mystery. Wouldn’t it be cool if you got a “reminder” that popped up on your cell phone?...

We don't usually promote products (and we're not being paid by any of these folks...) but we love great gifts! We talked with some of our Girlologists across the country and found out what they are giving some of their own daughters. We believe these gifts will spark creativity, boost confidence, support healthy habits or just create special times with friends and family. Let us know what other gifts you find that do the same for your girls!

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 moms...

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! 

Help boys and their parents understand and prepare for puberty by sharing this downloadable. Providing this information BEFORE the changes start to happen is the best way to help them start a dialogue about puberty, and help him face it with...

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. 

I’m not talking about man-boobs, although there’s plenty to blog about there.  But I have to share a story about my husband, a girlology dad. First of all, let me say that both of the Girlology husbands (dad’s) are very girl-oriented…er, girl focused…girl centric…girl crazy! They can talk breasts, hair management, tampons and periods with the best of us.

Being married to us makes that a requirement. But Michael, my husband out did himself on this one.

Being the handy Girlology Dad that he is, he actually made Anne Claire, my oldest daughter, a velcro-closure, adjustable bra out of……duct tape. It actually came out pretty well, but not something she would ever wear in public until maybe college and some worrisome frat party...

Puberty at age seven? Normal? The research is telling us that seven is the new eleven when it comes to girls and puberty.

But I have a feeling Mother Nature is not entirely on board with this one. 

Neither am I.

It seemed like a healthy thing at first.  In industrialized societies from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century, the average age of menarche (first period) decreased from 17 years to 13 years.  The change was attributed to widespread improvements in nutrition and health.

More recent studies have shown that over that last half century or more, the age of menarche has stabilized around age 12, but the onset of puberty, particularly breast development has continued to decline –...

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 (...

Thank you Jen Plym from Charlotte Smarty Pants!  Check out her blog and review of our class!

http://charlottesmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/02/girlology-conversations-that-matter.html

Also another from a mom in Charleston 

… The class was phenomenal!    ... the girls had a great time and learned tons of facts about their bodies.  Everything was appropriate, and she knew how to handle all the questions (unlike us, she gets to practice this and has it down so well).  No discussion about how babies are made, but all the other stuff.   It’s a fun class too .. she polls the girls often and some of the remarks are...