Tag - puberty

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Can Kids Use Antiperspirants?
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Calling All Family and Friends of In Vitro Fertilization Kids
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What to Expect When Your Son Starts Puberty
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What to Expect When Your Daughter Starts Puberty

Can Kids Use Antiperspirants?

My twin boys are rapidly approaching adolescence.  Moods are swinging, zits are erupting here-and-there, and oh, yes, BO is making its presence known.  Of course, my younger, sweatier son would be the first to need the Speed Stick.  Because in direct opposition to his brother’s love of the shower, he can turn on the water, physically get in the shower, and emerge with a perfectly dry head.  In other words, hygiene is even less on his radar than his brother’s.   Brushing his teeth is a small victory; getting him to use his “deodorant” is nearly impossible.  Fortunately, he is…

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Calling All Family and Friends of In Vitro Fertilization Kids

I have never made it a secret that my twin boys are the product of science…I’ve “put it out there” since my husband and I shared the good news that we were finally expecting.  And we’ve talked to our boys about their beginning, showing them pictures and telling them about the special doctor who helped us become pregnant with them. We found a wonderful age-appropriate book to read to all three of our kids (our daughter, conceived the “old-fashioned way” finds it especially interesting), back when they were in Kindergarten.  Since then, I’ve looked for a book that is directed…

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What to Expect When Your Son Starts Puberty

  I am in awe of the transformation.  I am a little sad, too.  My younger son, born breech at barely five pounds, is becoming a man.  At age 12 he is hands-down taller than me, with a cracking voice, acne and, um, hair (more on that below…).  It boggles my mind, a glimpse into what is in store for his twin brother, who has yet to join him in this journey.  I decided to repost What to Expect When Your Son Starts Puberty from April, 2015, to help us Moms (and Dads, of course) navigate these changes, changes in our little boys that…

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What to Expect When Your Daughter Starts Puberty

My daughter is eight years old.  She loves jigsaw puzzles, lip smackers, and American Girl everything.  A little girl.  So it’s hard to believe it’s time to have “The Talk.”   Yes, the recommended age is eight.  The thought of sitting down with my second grader to discuss birds-and-bees is, to say the least, unsettling.  When I read this advice I was relieved that age eight was a long, long, year away. But  time flies.  My daughter just passed the halfway point to age nine.  I guess I need to get a move-on. It was so much easier when I worked in family medicine….

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