Teaching our girls to have each others backs

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Teaching our girls to have each others backs

Tween girls socialize in all kinds of different ways. Some of them pair off. Some of the cluster in groups, where there is an alpha leader girl. Some of them actually are on their own, they like being solo. It really doesn't matter to me how they socialize. What matters is they are all going to go through the same thing. They are all going to go through puberty. They are all going to have good days and bad days. They should be taught to support each other. When I do classes and I teach tweens about their bodies, one of the things that I always try to remind them is that everyone is afraid of having their period, and not realizing they had their period. They all nod their head, because that is their biggest fear. So if you are the girl who is in that situation, if you are the girl who notices it, whether she is your friend or not, to have your back. To let you know. It is not a judgment. We need to teach our girls that. Not everyone needs to be best friends, but we all need to be mutual supportive of each other. Usually, your fear, is your friends fear, as well. It is actually the stranger's fear, sitting next to you, as well. Have each other's back. We are all going through it together.

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Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Cara Natterson, MD has treated thousands of children and guided their parents as well. She was a partner at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, a large group practice serving infants, children and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind pediatric practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara is also the author of several books on parenting and child health. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for parents and their kids. More recently, Cara’s consulting has extended beyond individual families to include fortune 500 companies seeking expert advice on safety issues, child health, and crisis management.

Cara has appeared on television, in print, and on the web. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Cara is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And anyone who knows her knows that Cara is, by nature, one of the most risk-averse people on earth. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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