I struggled with confidence and body issues throughout my teenage years. I remember being envious because you could tell some girls shaved their armpits by the black stubble in their armpits, but mine were baby smooth (even though I did need to shave). So bizarre, but that's the things little girls think of. We all want to be alike and we all want to fit in.
The thing is, everyone's body is changing and everyone's is changing at a different rate and at a different time and all those things are scary. I swear to you, I'll never forget sitting in 6th grade in English class and realizing I was getting boobs. I was sitting there thinking, "What the hell is this?" Then it dawned on me, it was boobs. Imagine my surprise. Haha!
I remember my sister (8 years my senior) bought my other sister (2 years my senior) a book about your body and how it changes as you are growing up. We (my siblings) and I giggled and acted like we'd never look at it. It sat on the bookshelf with all the other books in the basement. I don't know about my sister and brother, but I snuck that book plenty into my bedroom to read up on all the changes that were happening to my body. I WANTED to know and I imagine ALL girls do.
I guess I didn't feel comfortable going to my mom. I don't know why, but I just didn't. I wanted to figure out everything on my own, but that left FAR too much confusion and me trying to figure out things I learned on the bus. Was it just me or did everyone learn about EVERYTHING on the bus? Just me? Ok! Clearly the bus wasn't a good resource for learning, but that book my sister gave us was.
All this just to say, I was so happy when the people at Discovery Girls Magazine asked me to review their book Girls guide to Growing Up. It's just like the coveted book I had when I was younger. Even though Ella is a tad too young to be going through the changes, I realize her time is not too too far away. She's 8.5 and according to the book, the average age puberty begins in girls is 10.5! Yikes.
This book talks about obvious things like your period, and bras, but also talks about dealing with your emotions, zits and body care. The topics you'd expect are all there and are talked about in an easy to understand manner. It's not scary and it really plays on the fact that the changes that are happening to you have been happening to women for years (i.e. You WILL get through this).
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*I was given a copy of this book to review, as always all opinions are my own.