We ladies have seen it; we've even experienced it. I witness it all the time, especially when I take my cherubs overnight on a school field trip.
The journalistas & I will be hanging at a Bennigan's or Ruby Tuesday's; one of those ubiquitous joints where we can do the burger janx for mucho más less dinero.
Everyone orders. Everyone appears to be famished
The food comes. The boys wolf theirs down in seconds flat. The girls pick. And pick. And pick some more, moving bits of comestibles around on their plates.
"Are you gonna finish that?"
A perennial boy question. I've never heard a girl ask it.
The Body Scoop for Girls, by Dr. Jennifer Ashton, addresses this cultural phenomenon, among others. The subtitle just about sums it up: "A Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You."
Ashton, an Ob-Gyn who also works as a CBS correspondent and whose specialty is adolescent care, has written a book that runs the gamut on teenage girls, from eating, to development to personal hygiene. She even addresses piercings. In fact, the only girl-related topic she doesn't seem to cover in this direct, comprehensive primer is tatoos.
This guide is a roadmap, of sorts, which can help teenage girls and their parents puzzle out the highs and the lows of growing up.
Ashton's frank diction and straight-up tone cover the things we all tend to talk about (one of my favorite chapters is entitled "Beauty and the Breast") and those that we prefer to whisper about (Bottom line? If you don't want to get an STD, use a condom). Her advice is easy to understand and accessible to even the most reticent reader.
All you Moms out there will appreciate Ashton's open approach to those years that seem to linger, between the ages of 12 and 22. If you're having trouble talking to your daughter, The Body Scoop on Girls is a conversation-starter and a wonderful way to negotiate the do's and don'ts of these turbulent times together.
BTW: The young women in the Superior Snap above successfully weathered their teens, and their mothers are no worse for wear because of it. In fact, the only thing we really had to worry about last year was the Spring Break Trip to Panama City Beach, FLA. Mission accomplished!