Tag Archives: puberty

What did you most want at thirteen?

For me it wasn’t bigger breasts or Boots17 latest or even a boyfriend. I mean I sort of did want a boyfriend but only in the abstract. I probably did long to be the kind of girl who knew how to get, and then what to do with a boyfriend, but since I wasn’t, I […]






Posted on 27 March 2013
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Coming of age
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Twilight Girls

What teenage girl doesn’t want to be loved like Bella is loved? – adored by two gorgeous men, to the exclusion of all others, unto the death. (Actually there’s quite a few women who’d go for that kinda lovin’ too.) Twilight idealises – as all good fairytales do – but is this dangerous?  We know […]






Posted on 24 March 2012
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Coming of age, Rites of passage
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Why make a fuss of puberty?

We enjoy making a fuss over the arrival of a new baby, and many people like to do something special to celebrate their intention to join their lives together, and we expect to gather for some sort of farewell when somebody dies.  Birth, death, marriage – these are all major life changes and even when […]






Posted on 4 March 2012
Musings: Parenting teenagers, Parenting girls, Coming of age, Rites of passage
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