Going Through Puberty: A Girl's Manual for Body, Mind, and Health

Going Through Puberty: A Girl's Manual for Body, Mind, and Health

by Ruth Hickman


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Puberty is an exciting yet challenging time for every girl.  Respecting the universal yet unique experience of puberty for every girl, this book shares important medical facts related to puberty and offers trusted advice about your most pressing questions about growing up.  No more wondering “is THAT normal?”  Flip open this book for:

  • Dr. H’s wisdom, thoughts, ideas, and encouragement related to each topic on puberty
  • Vignettes and quotes from real girls that include helpful ideas, encouraging thoughts and experiences, and their feelings related to puberty
  • Parent perspectives regarding their experience, challenges, and feelings about their daughters going through puberty
  • Fun facts and interactive activities related to body, mind, and health to make the information you are reading a part of your daily experience
  • Quick quizzes and engaging illustrations to help you remember important information discussed in each chapter

From personal hygiene to healthy eating to mood swings, this must-have guide book will help you understand all of the changes happening to your body, mind, health, and emotions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988449909
Publisher: XAMOnline.com
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: What Now? Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 258,692
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

About the Author

Ruth J. Hickman, MD, is a health and medical writer.  She graduated from Indiana University Medical School, where she developed a passion for patient education. Her training as a medical physician makes her well suited to presenting medical topics to a lay audience in a way that is both easy to comprehend and accurate.

Table of Contents

About the Author vi

For Girls x

How to Read This Book x

What You'll Find in This Book x

Special Features xi

Part 1 What is Puberty? What Can I Expect? 1

1 What is Puberty? 2

What Changes Can I Expect? 2

Why Haven't I Started Puberty Yet? 6

2 Changes in Your Body 8

Will I Really Grow Faster During Puberty? 8

In What Other Ways Will My Body Change? 9

How Do I Get Used to My Changing Body? 10

3 Your Period: The Basics 13

What Is a Period? 13

Why Do I Have to Get a Period? 14

Which Reproductive Organs Are on the Outside? 15

What Is a Menstrual Cycle? 16

4 Hair and Skin Changes 18

Where Will Hair Changes Occur? 18

What Is Happening to My Skin? 19

Why Am I Sweating More? 20

5 Breasts 22

How Will My Breasts Change? 22

How Do I Find a Bra That Fits Right? 25

Breast Q & A with Dr. H 26

Part 2 Health and Hygiene 29

6 Caring For Your Eyes, Mouth, and Ears 30

Why Do I Need Glasses? 30

Do I Need to Brush My Teeth More Often? 31

Can I Really Hurt My Ears? 33

7 Skin Care 35

What Can I Do About Acne? 35

What About My Hands and Feet? 40

8 Preventing Odor 43

How Do I Prevent Body Order? 43

What Are Deodorants and Antiperspirants? 44

9 Hair Care 46

How Do I Keep My Hair Looking Its Best? 46

What Do I Do About Body Hair? 49

10 Your Period: What to Do About It 53

I Got My Period-Now What Do I Do? 53

What If I Get My Period When I'm Not Expecting It? 56

What Type of Premenstrual Changes Can I Expect? 58

11 Exercise 60

What Are the Benefits of Exercise? 60

Is It Possible to Exercise Too Much? 63

12 Nutrition 65

What Should I Eat to Stay Healthy? 65

Dr. H's Guidelines for Healthy Eating 66

13 Sleep 72

Do My Sleep Needs Change as a Preteen and Teenager? 72

How Can I Get Enough Sleep? 73

14 Cigarettes, Alcohol and Drugs 76

What Are the Health Risks of Smoking? 76

Is Drinking Alcohol Ever Safe? 78

What Are the Risks of Drugs? 79

Part 3 Your Changing Self: Taking Care of Your Emotions 81

15 Experiencing Highs and Lows 82

Why Am I Experiencing More Mood Swings? 82

Why Do My Feelings Seem More Intense? 83

16 Self-Esteem 89

How Do I Build My Self-Esteem? 89

How Do I Deal with Bullies? 91

17 School 95

How Do I Manage New School Stresses? 95

How Do I Improve in School? 96

18 Friends, Cliques, and Peer Pressure 101

How Do I Fit In at School? 101

How Can I Be a Good Friend? 104

How Do I Handle Peer Pressure? 105

19 Romance and Crushes 108

Why Do I Like Boys In a Different Way Than I Used To? 108

What About Breaking Up? 111

20 Parents 112

Why Is It Harder to Get Along with My Parents? 112

Do What Is Expected of You 114

21 Discovering Who You Are 117

You Are 117

Who Do I Want to Be? 117

How Do I Set Goals for Myself? 121

Resources 125

Glossary 127

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