I remember my elders blaming the early development of the girls' bodies on “the steroids in the chicken.” I didn’t know whether it was true or not, but I knew I loved chicken in any way that it came … It’s since been documented by institutions like Duke University Health System that “African-American and Hispanic girls tend to start puberty slightly earlier than Caucasian girls.” Additionally, studies like the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey support a strongly developing theory that the increase in the number of girls who start menstruation at 13 or younger (as opposed to 16-17 at the turn of the 20th century) may be tied to an exposure to environmental toxins found in everyday items like plastic food and beverage containers, vinyl flooring and cars.
The discussion about the puberty culprit is one for another day, not the one being had here, right now.
While I have memories of my now 27-year-old self being 10-11 years old, I have learned that the 10-11-year-old kids of today are not the sort that I or any generation preceding mine were.
Put your own judgments, worries and feelings aside, and be sure to LISTEN to UNDERSTAND. Arionna: Dating means going somewhere or doing something with someone to get to know them better so you could maybe create a life with them and have fun and know who's right for you and who’s wrong.
And knowing what age you need to start letting other people in your life.
What’s here and right now is my daughter’s entrance into puberty at 10 years old and the countless girls in her age group who are already B-cup deep in the process.
What’s here and right now is the question of how much they know about dating, relationships and sex and how well-equipped they are by the adults in their life to navigate these realms.
She’s already shared that kids her age are sexually active, and that while some have learned about sex “from other people,” others claim to “just know about it.” With all of this in mind, my mommy intuition told me it was time to check in to see where my daughter was at on dating, relationships and sex. their personality, the way they act, and they’re both good in school.