Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?: REAL Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff

Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?: REAL Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff

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by Julie Metzger, Robert Lehman
     
 

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This flip book for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 has questions asked by girls in one half of the book; flip it over and questions asked by boys are on the other side. Contains honest, informative, and reassuring answers to questions pre-adolescents have about puberty, friends, feelings, sex, pimples, babies, body hair, menstruation, bras, and much

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This flip book for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 has questions asked by girls in one half of the book; flip it over and questions asked by boys are on the other side. Contains honest, informative, and reassuring answers to questions pre-adolescents have about puberty, friends, feelings, sex, pimples, babies, body hair, menstruation, bras, and much more.

Straightforward, age-appropriate answers to REAL questions from preteens are provided by an experienced nurse-and-physician team who have been giving popular seminars to moms and daughters, and dads and sons, in Seattle and Palo Alto for more than twenty years. Each of the questions in the book has been asked—many of them frequently!—by kids during their seminars. Filled with fun, full-color illustrations throughout.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[Starred Review] Real kids ask real questions of professionals who know not only how to talk to them, but also how to relate knowledgeable, age-appropriate answers in an engaging manner. The book offers information for girls on one side and for boys when it is turned over (or vice versa), which suits the binary nature of the topic perfectly. Illustrations are on target and intelligently used. The comprehensive book covers anatomical and emotional changes, reproduction as a biological process, sex, masturbation, dating, and some of the emotional differences between boys and girls. Other gender-specific topics are also included. The information is presented in a friendly, compassionate manner, and the book is a great way to start a conversation with preteens or tweens. It serves as a model for answering their questions and lets parents know what kids are really thinking. If you can only afford one book on puberty for this age group, this is the one to have.
School Library Journal

For more than two decades the UW grad and registered nurse [Julie Metzger] has taught a two-night class on puberty and sexuality that’s become a rite of passage for preteen girls and their mothers in Seattle, and along the way she’s fielded thousands of queries—some funny, some poignant, and all fascinating glimpses of the hormone-addled minds of kids. This spring she and Dr. Rob Lehman (he teaches the class to boys and their dads) answer nearly 400 of them in their first book, Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? (Spoiler alert: The answer to that one, mercifully, is no.)
Seattle Metropolitan

...pick up the book Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? by Julie Metzger, RN, MN, and Robert Lehman, MD. They've collaborated to answer the questions most children have about what is going to happen to their bodies... If your child has a question, the answer is most likely in this book... Growing up, puberty can feel like the most confusing and embarrassing thing ever. Probably the best asset of this book is the explanation about normalcy. There is a constant emphasis that no matter how awkward and embarrassed they feel, what they are going through is a totally normal part of life.
Cafe Mom

A lively, well-designed manual on puberty and sex, designed for preteens.
The Seattle Times 

What's cool about this book is it's for boys and girls, so you flip it and you get questions from each...Great advice and an interesting topic.
Q13 Fox, Seattle


School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Real kids ask real questions of professionals who know not only how to talk to them, but also how to relate knowledgeable, age-appropriate answers in an engaging manner. The book offers information for girls on one side and for boys when it is turned over (or vice versa), which suits the binary nature of the topic perfectly. Illustrations are on target and intelligently used. The comprehensive book covers anatomical and emotional changes, reproduction as a biological process, sex, masturbation, dating, and some of the emotional differences between boys and girls. Other gender-specific topics are also included. The information is presented in a friendly, compassionate manner, and the book is a great way to start a conversation with preteens or tweens. It serves as a model for answering their questions and lets parents know what kids are really thinking. If you can only afford one book on puberty for this age group, this is the one to have.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570617393
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
142,278
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
[Starred Review] Real kids ask real questions of professionals who know not only how to talk to them, but also how to relate knowledgeable, age-appropriate answers in an engaging manner. The book offers information for girls on one side and for boys when it is turned over (or vice versa), which suits the binary nature of the topic perfectly. Illustrations are on target and intelligently used. The comprehensive book covers anatomical and emotional changes, reproduction as a biological process, sex, masturbation, dating, and some of the emotional differences between boys and girls. Other gender-specific topics are also included. The information is presented in a friendly, compassionate manner, and the book is a great way to start a conversation with preteens or tweens. It serves as a model for answering their questions and lets parents know what kids are really thinking. If you can only afford one book on puberty for this age group, this is the one to have.
School Library Journal

For more than two decades the UW grad and registered nurse [Julie Metzger] has taught a two-night class on puberty and sexuality that’s become a rite of passage for preteen girls and their mothers in Seattle, and along the way she’s fielded thousands of queries—some funny, some poignant, and all fascinating glimpses of the hormone-addled minds of kids. This spring she and Dr. Rob Lehman (he teaches the class to boys and their dads) answer nearly 400 of them in their first book, Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? (Spoiler alert: The answer to that one, mercifully, is no.)
Seattle Metropolitan

...pick up the book Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? by Julie Metzger, RN, MN, and Robert Lehman, MD. They've collaborated to answer the questions most children have about what is going to happen to their bodies... If your child has a question, the answer is most likely in this book... Growing up, puberty can feel like the most confusing and embarrassing thing ever. Probably the best asset of this book is the explanation about normalcy. There is a constant emphasis that no matter how awkward and embarrassed they feel, what they are going through is a totally normal part of life.
Cafe Mom

A lively, well-designed manual on puberty and sex, designed for preteens.
The Seattle Times 

What's cool about this book is it's for boys and girls, so you flip it and you get questions from each...Great advice and an interesting topic.
Q13 Fox, Seattle


Meet the Author

Julie Metzger is a registered nurse with a master's degree in pediatric nursing. She has worked extensively in the fields of parent education on adolescent development, sexuality, parenting, and communication between parent and child, and is a favorite speaker to a wide array of community groups and schools on all aspects of preteen health issues. She also, along with coauthor Dr. Robert Lehman, founded the Great Conversations speaking series.

Dr. Robert Lehman is an adolescent health specialist with a clinical faculty position at the University of Washington. In addition to teaching Great Conversations classes, he has devoted his career to providing direct health care services to youth, teaching health care professionals about the special needs of adolescents, and addressing teen health issues and policies on local, regional, and national levels. The author lives in Seattle, WA.

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Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?: REAL Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I dont know if it hurts to have a period im 10 yrs old and in 5th grade im scared plz respond to craz cat plz help me!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Ask a doctor! Thats what they are there for.
Anonymous 5 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes that is normal when you first begin your period. And when you put in a tampon its not supposed to hurt. You may not be putting it in correctly or not far enough. It also might feel weird when you are moving around or sitting down but that is normal, you just have to get used to it being there! Ps wearing a pad might be easier when you start... ~Kaylee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What to u look for in a girl?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont use tampons it will caise you to be paralyezed and dont use when you 11- 15 years old yull regret it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have had my period fo three years now and they are coming more than a week later than they are supposed to. Is that normal? And also whenever i put a tampon in it hurts and when i sit down it hurts. Is that normal too?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 11 my name is lexus my boobs r getting bigger ( .) (. ) I am growing hair down there and i am getting hair on my armes and i have not started my period yet i am getting worried
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im in the sane situwation as lexus. But im goingvto be 11 at the end of the month. But i have had that discharge stuff once. PLEASE respond to Delia. Thanks and bye!!!!!( P.S. im on every night from 8-8:45ish) :—)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need help ther's this cute boy named ayden i think he likes me but im not sure
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks....kinda gross/naughy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But now I'm 12 and a half years old in 7th grade, getting close to my first middle school date and STILL going through pubirty. Anyway I've been horny since the age of 5 or 6, and now I am VERY horny like WAY past normal limit. Just like my big brother's friend, Omar Garibaldi who is 15 years old like my bro. His name is Salvador Alvarez, Sal for short. My name is Xavier Alvarez, Xavi for short
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That u should get puberty survival for girls i think its cheaper and its really good and helps-charisma 11
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh...im in 4 it soon :(....what if im homeschooled and ky mom is tye 1 actully teaching me?...and do they like, tell is what sex is or something?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DMS_Girl The "talk" is when your parents sit you down and tell you things you wish you could learn from anyone else then after you can never look at them the same again------------------------------------- important if i knew how to i swear i would say on every stupid book about guys i know becaus no one ever tells you how :'( i wish guys would tell us or something i am allmost 13 and right now i wish all of life would expain this when boy likes girl thing wow now i sound like a soap opra or what ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi I'm an eleven year old girl going on twelve I havent gone through puberty yet and I was wondering, what is "The Talk"? Please reply to: DMS_Girl. Thank you!