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So, you all know by now that I’m a part of Parenting magazine’s “Mom Squad,” a group of “mom experts” who dispense monthly advice to moms looking for help raising their kids, strengthening their relationships, getting their finances in check, getting organized, and being better to themselves, and then some. Occasionally, as a contributing editor for the magazine, I’ll also write feature-length stories about childhood development, relationships, and child-rearing, and, thanks to the magazine’s awesome publicity department, occasionally, my stories will get picked up by national TV shows. This morning, The Today Show did a segment based on a piece I wrote for Parenting, titled “What To Expect When Puberty Hits,” featuring executive editor Lisa Bain and Dr. Ivor Horn, the Washington, D.C.-based pediatrician I quoted in the story. (I wasn’t on the show because, as I pointed out in my “Little Things” post about my girl Gretchen last week, I’m super swamped, Nick’s been out of town, and I couldn’t be in New York this morning. But they did ask.)

Whether you’re staring puberty in the face or have a ways to go before your little one gets boobies and stinky under arms, check out the story; in my research, I learned so much about my daughter’s changing body and how I should respond to it as a thoughtful, in-the-know parent (read: handing her a copy of “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret,” and a box of sanitary napkins is not enough info to help her deal). The story breaks down the signs for when your child is going through The Change, how to help them through it, and sound advice from moms who’ve been there. Check out The Today Show clip above, too, for helpful info.


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  1. Well, I’ve got baby-babies (2 and 8 months, respectively), so I’m in full-fledged denial mode that they will ever be anything but cuddly balls of cuteness.

    But. I know that one day they’ll be there so I guess I’ll click over to see what’s in store for me and them.

    Great post as always! 🙂

  2. Jewelry Rockstar

    We are in full effect over here. As a matter of fact I was just commenting to hubby that my daughter’s PMS should be kickin’ in any day now. I think we’re over the shock of it all.

  3. Kimberly Allers

    I’m already in sticky armpit land with my 8-year old and in utter and complete denial about what lies ahead…better start reading quick fast and in a hurry…thanks Denene!

  4. how great for you! I will check out the video 🙂

  5. Talibah MBONISI

    Um…OK…my son turns 8 next year. Really…I have to talk to him about this already? 🙂 He’s already convinced that his “mustache” is growing, and I caught him checking under his armpits in the mirror one day! He soooo wants to be like his Daddy. I’ll definitely check out your article, and I’ll be heading to the library, as we still have some, “Where Do Babies Come From?” clarification due over here. He’s got the basics down, but the even-more-curious questions are starting to emerge. Pray for me!

  6. MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner

    @Talibah: LOL!!!! Lord, these kids! You might want to check out “What’s Going On Down There.” My sis-in-law said it was a great book for her son, and they read it together to take the mystery out of The Change. We’ve found that giving them the age-appropriate information, straight up and direct, worked wonders for helping our girls understand without making either of us feel awkward. I’m glad he’s asking YOU the questions, and not depending on his crazy friends to give him the 411. That’s what you DON’T want–bebe’s kids schooling him on the birds and the bees. That can be ugly. It’s best that it come from you. Good luck!!!!

  7. Arlice Nichole

    Thanks Denene! I’m definitely going to watch the show. I went through round 1 last summer with my daughters stinky underarms.

  8. Kudos, Denene! My kids are on spring break and have hijacked my TV – I'm going through Today Show withdrawals – so I look forward to watching the video!

    Winks & Smiles,

  9. African American Mom

    How cool was that! Good for you!

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