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.