Posted By Jennie Chancey 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.