What To Tell Your Daughter

The anxiety begins when the girls are about eight years old. "Did you notice so-and-so is developing?" one mom whispers to another as they scan their daughters' classmates for signs of breast buds--and reassurance that their own girls are perfectly normal. Maybe it's time for Judy Blume to write a sequel to her 1970 classic about training bras and first periods. She could call it Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret's Mother.

If you're concerned about the hormonal changes your daughter is going through, you should know that you're in good company. If you're truly alarmed, you should consult your...

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