Our goal is that children everywhere will have the knowledge to make
wise choices in the care of their bodies.
This guiding philosophy has motivated Dr. Metten to not only create this series of books, but also to create tips for parents to support them in guiding their children.
Below Dr. Metten shares tips to help parents as they read I’m a Girl, My Changing Body with their daughter.
Give her the space she wants.
Young girls enter puberty at different ages. Your daughter might want to read this book with you, but it’s also possible she will want to read it on her own. The important thing is to let her know you are there to answer any questions she may have.
Review the Dr. M Says boxes before you give the book to your daughter.
Take time to read through the book before you read it with your daughter. You will notice the Dr. M Says boxes that have been placed at specific points throughout the book. These mark the completion of a new concept.
If your daughter understands the statement in the box, you can feel confident she has learned the key concept from that section. If your daughter is uncertain, review the section with the anatomy figures together.
Here are the statements in the Dr. M Says boxes:
- At ovulation, an egg leaves the ovary and is sucked into the fallopian tube for its journey to the uterus.
- The uterus and vagina are in the middle of the pelvic cavity, between the urinary bladder and the rectum.
- The vulva contains two large and two small folds of skin and two openings, the urethral opening and the vaginal opening.
- An early sign of puberty is hair growing in the armpits, more hair growing on the arms and legs, and pubic hair growing on the labia majora and mons pubis.
- A sign of early puberty is small breast buds forming in one or both breasts.
Check out the additional resources for greater understanding.
There are additional activities on our website that can be done either together or alone to deepen your daughter’s understanding of the key concepts in the book.
- Interactive Questions & Exercises that reinforce the key concepts in the Dr. M Says boxes.
- The Activity Center can be reached from a link in the main menu above. These special computer activities are a great way to end your time together.
Email Dr. M with your questions!
Your daughter may have questions come up while reading I’m a Girl, My Changing Body that you are uncertain how to answer. Dr. Metten is dedicated to helping parents and will be happy to help you.
Please email her at DrM@anatomyforkids.com.
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