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What’s Happening to our Young Girls?

Are you the parent or grandparent of a young girl?  On second thought, are you the parent of a young CHILD (male OR female)?  If so, I hope you got a chance to read the New York Times Magazine article written by Elizabeth Weil about what is happening to many of our young girls today.

The Incredible Shrinking Childhood – How early is too early for puberty?

Why does this affect you?  Hopefully this is not something your family is experiencing first hand.  If it is, you might find the information and research discussed in the article useful.  If nothing else, you might see that your daughter is neither alone nor abnormal – early puberty is happening more and more frequently.  And that is how it starts to affect ALL of us – and why we all need to be asking ourselves WHY?

Two factors contributing to this cause me great concern:  body mass index and exposure to environmental …

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Calling Grown-Ups by Their Last Names

(This is the first – of hopefully many – in my “Do Your Kids…?”  –  a series of questions and topics that I’m eager to get more insight and guidance on.  Maybe you’re wondering some of these things too).

Do your kids call grown-ups by their last names??  And what do you do when seemingly EVERYONE around you does not??

From what I can tell, the ball is set into motion around 2 years of age, when your toddler first participates in various Mommy & Me classes where the teachers go by Miss Susie or Miss Ann.  Playgroups are more for the moms than the kids (and a much needed time too, I might add); you call your friends by their first names so that is what your child hears.  He or she then starts to put it all together, “That nice blond haired lady who always has goldfish to offer me…my buddy Zackary’s mom…my mom calls her Leigh.” …

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