The Big P: A Girls Journey Through Puberty: Stage 2. For ages 8-14

· Toyna Chin

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FOREWARD FROM DR. Mary Lake Polan. This is a wonderful and complicated time for girls to grow up, and nobody knows that more than Toyna Chin. She has spent years dedicated to educating girls about growing up and providing them with all of the pertinent developmental products they will need to make them comfortable about the process of puberty. Toyna knows first-hand that today’s young women are straddling two worlds – girlhood and womanhood. In many ways they’re looking forward to the new one, but in others they are reluctant to let go of the one they know. In most cases, they feel insecure because they are not supported as they make this enormous transition. If we peel back the layers of this complex situation, it gets very simple. They long to move into their new lives with confidence, they want as much of their journey to be as private as possible, they want enough knowledge and assistance that the entire process of puberty can be moved through with some ease and they want assurance that they’re developing appropriately. Toyna really “gets” these amazing young women – their gifts, their insecurities, their uniqueness. With my background as a gynecologist, these concerns resonated with me when I first met Toyna a decade ago and I have watched with pleasure as she has expanded her efforts to communicate to girls and their moms. Toyna believes, and rightly so, that communication between moms and their daughters is critical for a girl’s healthy development through puberty. The Big P is the first series of books based on the Tanner scale helping girls traverse the sometimes rocky pathway from girlhood to womanhood. It begins with the onset of puberty which can start anywhere between the ages of eight and eleven. Those initial body changes lead to the first bra and the first menstrual period as well as the difficult emotional changes that accompany the hormonal shifts of passing from childhood to womanhood. The drive for independence from the family, spending more time with friends than at home and all the issues of social interactions including peer pressure, are also part of it. Raising a daughter of my own and seeing hundreds of young girls as patients has only reinforced for me how important education and open communication is during puberty. That’s what the The Big P series is all about-teaching girls about what happens with their bodies, their emotions and their relationships as they traverse the chaotic hormonal changes of puberty. Toyna’s most important message is highlighting not just the facts, but also the supportive relationships with parents, older adults and teachers that girls need to help them through this time. This book series is for girls their mom, dads and other caring adult sin their lives. It’s a reference guide everyone can return to time and time again as a girl moves through the five stages of puberty. It offers important direction signs on the journey from childhood to womanhood. Girls, their moms and their dads should read it together and talk about it. Read it with interest and curiosity and be sure to share your thoughts with each other. Growing up is a wonderful and sometimes scary and disorientating experience. The Puberty books will help you all to not just survive, but thrive during a daughter’s journey to young womanhood.

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