Early Puberty–or is it?

Posted By on April 9, 2012

From Carolyn Moynihan at Mercatornet:

Is puberty before the age of 10 a “new normal” for girls? asks a long article in the New York Times magazine….

Girls who from an early age grow up in homes without their biological fathers are twice as likely to go into puberty younger as girls who grow up with both parents. Some studies show that the presence of a stepfather in the house also correlates with early puberty. Evidence links maternal depression with developing early. Children adopted from poorer countries who have experienced significant early-childhood stress are also at greater risk for early puberty once they’re ensconced in Western families.

Read the full piece HERE. Not many people talk about the significant role a healthy father-daughter relationship plays in a girl’s maturity. Growing up in a warm, stress-free environment with both parents helps girls avoid a lot of problems down the road–especially in the key area of sexual maturity.

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Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of ten children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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One Response to “Early Puberty–or is it?”

  1. LoriKay says:

    Many years ago, in Jr. High health class, our teachers told us girls we were reaching puberty earlier than our mothers and grandmothers because of good nutrition and vitamins. The thinking back then was that it was a sign of good health to reach maturity early. Now that puberty is arriving even earlier the thinking has changed to “there is something amiss” if girls mature early. It isn’t a sign of good health anymore. It probably wasn’t a sign of good health back then either.

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