Girls hitting puberty earlier, so parents need to talk with them about it sooner

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  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    May 12, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    I will pounce on a different culprit.

    In the "olden days" it was commonly talked about when a "girl would become a woman" or when she would "fill out." It was something that mothers taught their girls (all 4 of my sisters, for example) as something to look forward to and it was openly discussed.

    It is only the arrival of this obscene "political correctness" that has blockaded the discussion of the maturation process and sexuality. MOthers shouldn't hide their menses from their daughters, and when the daughter asks (about age 4 or 5) she should be told that this is part of being a woman, and part of the mechanism for the body preparing to have babies. Be we cringe to talk about such things anymore. And we have reaped the whirlwind.

    As far as the boys - all they need to know about girls maturing is to keep their hands to themselves and respect them as much as their sisters or mothers. And they need to be taken out to the woodshed when they don't.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 12, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Actually you're both wrong. A study of 173 girls by Vanderbilt showed that the age at which a girl begins puberty is directly correlated to the level of involvement her father has in her life. The more involved the father is, the later she hits puberty.

    So this article should come as no surprise. Less paternal involvement in our society is leading to early-onset puberty.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    May 12, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    Dear DeltaVegitarian. It's not the meat or hormones in the meat. Do some research and you'll find that BPA and plant oils from Tea Tree and Lilac that get into young girl bodies and cause early maturation. Too bad the reporter did such a poor investigation.

  • luv2organize Gainesville, VA
    May 12, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    So sorry but I wholeheartedly to not agree with the advice from Jen Slonaker, the vice president of education and training for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts told the Boston Globe, "We advocate (boys and girls) take the lessons together. When they're in a room together, hearing the experiences of one another, that's a huge opportunity for perspective-taking." In my opinion this would be completely wrong especially if the child is 7 or 8. This quote assumes these children are mature cognitively as well as physically. Teach at home - teach correct anatomy - teach as the children are ready - teach to your beliefs.

  • Dewey Hewson Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 12, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    @Chris B

    Congratulations, you are continuing a long line of shortsighted views of the situation by conservatives.

    Of course it's the parents' responsibility to teach their children! There is not a soul in the country who argues otherwise. The problem is that parents aren't teaching their children, choosing instead to use the "ignorance equals abstinence" approach to human sexuality, where they pretend that if they can just keep their kids in denial, the children will wait until they get married and then make lots of little grandkids and everyone will be happy.

    You don't have to look very far to see the effect such attitudes have on the country. Teenage pregnancy rates are still high, STD rates are rising, and people, in general, are so ignorant of the basics of human sexuality it's alarming.

    Society has an obligation educate itself, because society bears the consequences when people won't educate themselves. If you're scared to have your child informed on the scientific facts of sexuality, then you shouldn't be reproducing in the first place.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    May 12, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    Blame the food. Hormones in meat products are accelerating the onset of puberty in females.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    Odd this suggests it is parents responsibility to teach their kids, and not the schools.

    Must have been written by a conservative.