Parenting Through Puberty
The Mom Cliff
You know how there was so much advice out there when our kids were babies and toddlers? Then suddenly (spoiler alert 🚨), you hit the most challenging years of parenting, and help is hard to find? We call that the Mom Cliff. And it's why we started Girlology. As your...
The New Language of Pre-Teen Crushes
One of my most unforgettable patient encounters happened about 6 years ago and involved a 12 year old. I don’t even remember why she was referred to me, but I’ll never forget how she answered a very routine question I asked: Have you had any romantic relationships or...
Reframing First Period Conversations
When you started your period…did someone say something about becoming a woman?? The day I got my first period, I thought I was dying because what I saw in my underwear didn’t look like what I expected a period to look like. I wasn’t sure exactly what was going on, but...
It’s Probably NOT a Yeast Infection
If you think your pre-pubertal or preteen daughter has a vaginal yeast infection, chances are extremely high you are wrong. BUT itchy, red vulvas are common for young girls and need treatment. Here are few things that I find myself saying on repeat in my office, and some tips for making it all better!
My Daughter's Bathing Suit is Stressing Me Out
With warmer weather and Spring Breaking, it seems that many of you are thinking about (and stressed about) your daughters' bathing suits. We get dozens of questions on this topic every year, and the range of questions is as varied as the range of very strong opinions...
When She's Resistant to Wearing a Bra
When I was in the 4th grade, I got called “Nipsey Russell” by the boys in my class (I’m dating myself, but Nipsey Russel was a TV comedian waaaayyyy back in the day). Obviously, my attempts to hide my budding breasts under baggy shirts wasn’t working, and I finally...
What to Watch for When She's Learning about Puberty
Mamas are sometimes as anxious as girls when everyone joins a puberty class. To calm your worries (and warm your heart), watch for these things as she settles in and absorbs the information and reassurances.
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