Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Little Red Book

Without going into specifics about changes my daughter is seeing in her growing body, I will say that puberty, budding breasts and periods are topics that these days are very much discussed in our small household.

When I was a girl, I was mortified to talk about the changes I saw in my body. My daughter is different. She appears to embrace change, and excitedly talks about all of the ways her body will someday change.

My daughter is an avid reader, and for this reason I think she might benefit from reading 'My Little Red Book', which is an anthology of stories about first periods, collected from women of all ages from around the world.

I took the following description from the website for the book:

"The accounts range from light-hearted (the editor got hers while water skiing in a yellow bathing suit) to heart-stopping (a first period discovered just as one girl was about to be strip-searched by the Nazis). The contributors include well-known women writers (Meg Cabot, Erica Jong, Gloria Steinem, Cecily von Ziegesar), alongside today's teens. And while the authors differ in race, faith, or cultural background, their stories share a common bond: they are all accessible, deeply honest, and highly informative. Whatever a girl experiences or expects, she'll find stories that speak to her thoughts and feelings.

Ultimately, My Little Red Book is more than a collection of stories. It is a call for a change in attitude, for a new way of seeing periods. In a time when the taboo around menstruation seems to be one of the few left standing, it makes a difficult subject easier to talk about, and helps girls feel proud instead of embarrassed or ashamed. By revealing what it feels like to undergo this experience first hand, and giving women the chance to explain their feelings in their own words, it aims to provide support, entertainment, and a starting point for discussion for mothers and daughters everywhere. It is a book every girl should have. Period."

Sounds great, doesn't it? I wish the book had been out when I was a little girl. Oh well, it's never too late...

Any other ideas for great books or, even better, websites ('cause they're free!) that introduce the subject of growing up, puberty, being a kick-ass girl?

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