In situations where girls are showing signs of puberty as early as age 6, should parents fight it with drug treatments, or figure out ways for the child and parents to understand and accept what is happening?
"'I would have a long conversation with her family, show them all the data,' Greenspan continues. Once she has gone through what she calls 'the process of normalizing' — a process intended to replace anxiety with statistics — she has rarely had a family continue to insist on puberty-arresting drugs. Indeed, most parents learn to cope with the changes and help their daughters adjust too. One mother described for me buying a drawer full of football shirts, at her third-grade daughter’s request, to hide her maturing body. Another reminded her daughter that it’s O.K. to act her age. 'It’s like when you have a really big toddler and people expect the kid to talk in full sentences. People look at my daughter and say, "Look at those cheekbones!" We have to remind her: "You may look 12, but you’re 9. It’s O.K. to lose your cool and stomp your feet." ' "
PUBLISHED: March 30, 2012
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4560 words)
I have a pretty good marriage. It could be better. There are things about my husband that drive me crazy. Last spring he cut apart a frozen pig’s head with his compound miter saw in our basement. He needed the head to fit into a pot so that he could make pork stock. I’m no saint of a spouse, either.
PUBLISHED: Dec. 1, 2009
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2436 words)