December 24, 2014
BEING THE mother of a 6-year-old, I go to lots of children's birthday parties. I've been noticing a phenomenon called precocious puberty, which hits girls especially hard, though increasingly I've noticed it in boys, too. I'll find myself thinking, "Whoa! She's 7? She's developing breasts and looks like a little woman!" Or, "My goodness, he's 8 and already taller than me!" Witnessing this has made me curious and, along with other moms I talk with, I'm concerned, worried and bewildered.
October 30, 2012
A large national study has found that boys appear to be entering puberty between six months and two years earlier than they were several decades ago, a trend that was already established for girls. Growing larger testicles sooner may not bother your average adolescent male. In females, however, early puberty has been linked to increased risks of breast cancer, depression, and anxiety. The impact on boys is unknown. The reasons behind younger sexual maturation also are unclear.
June 18, 1990 |
Back when his voice had more pop at the top, tenor Luciano Pavarotti made a recording of operatic arias calculated to showcase his gift for banging out a seamless high C. In fact, if memory serves, the record jacket was titled, "King of the High C's," or some such. Although musical purists disapprove of placing such emphasis on a single note, there has long been a kind of mysticism associated with an adult male's ability to reach high C. It's not that high C is the outer limit of a tenor's range.
October 20, 2008 |
Shortly after school began in the fall of 2004, an eighth grader named Tye Clark delivered a jolting message to her classmates. "I'm the same person I was last year and the year before, but I am transgender and will now come to school as a boy," Tye told four assemblies at Cedarbrook Middle School in Cheltenham Township. "You may not agree, but I hope you will respect me and my right to get a good education. " Eyes misting with tears, Tye asked to be known as Ty. The transgender teen finished to rounds of applause.
May 2, 1995 |
STAY IN LINE: A Minnesota appeals court has ruled that in-line skates used on highways are vehicles. In other states, courts have ruled that roller bladers are merely fast-moving pedestrians. The legal distinction makes a difference if the skater is involved in an accident. The Minnesota court ruled that the family of a young man killed by a car while skating on a highway was not entitled to damages because the skater wasn't wearing lights or reflectors, which are required of vehicles.
February 21, 2012 |
CHICAGO - A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics. It's an issue that raises ethical questions, and some experts urge caution in treating children with puberty-blocking drugs and hormones. An 8-year-old second-grader in Los Angeles is a typical patient. Born a girl, the child announced at 18 months, "I a boy" and has stuck with that belief.
November 6, 1998 |
Mark Scott was at a pharmacy recently with his son, Mark Jr., when he noticed the 13-year-old staring at a display of condoms. "You're my only son," Scott, of Stratford, recalled saying. "You come to me when you need to use those, and we'll talk because I'm too young to be a grandfather. " Becoming a man can be difficult. That is why two dozen sets of fathers and sons from throughout Camden County gathered last night at Christ the King School in Haddonfield to discuss the transition into adulthood.
March 8, 1990 |
Trying to teach middle school students with traditional methods is almost a lost cause, education consultant Judith Brough said. Do you realize, Brough asked more than 250 Keith Valley Middle School parents, that 10-to-14-year-olds have an average 11-minute attention span, that their bodies are riddled with hormones, that they think about sex 98 percent of the time and the other 2 percent of the time they're worrying about AIDS, nuclear war,...
May 14, 1992 |
Asking questions about sex is not the same as asking about math homework or what's for dinner. What's a youngster to do? The Children's Television Workshop suggests watching its What Kids Want to Know About Sex and Growing Up. The PBS program will be shown at 11 tonight for adults who want to preview it, and again at 7 p.m. Sunday on Channel 12. Watch it tonight, think about it and then watch it again with your children Sunday....
June 15, 1994 |
Mood swings with the explosive shift of tectonic plates. Relationships tethered to the telephone. A fixation with fashion, a preoccupation with personal appearance. Self-image that moves in two directions - plummet and drop. Age on the cusp of teenagerness in a new world that includes Mommy and cute boys. Does the description - or part of it - fit your daughter? A sister? A grandchild? Clearly, most young teenagers - girls and boys - become old teenagers and young adults without meeting catastrophe.