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'The Care & Keeping of You' author and her podcast co-host break down puberty for today's parents
The average onset of puberty is about two years earlier than a generation ago
NEW YORK (AP) — The average onset of puberty is about two years earlier than a generation ago. Well over half of tweens and teens report body image issues. The average age of first exposure to porn is 12 for boys and not much later for girls.
Those are just a few of the takeaways in a new book, “this is so awkward,” aptly lowercased and titled to break down all things puberty for today's parents.
The book, out this week from Rodale, is written by pediatrician Cara Natterson, whose “Care & Keeping of You” series has sold more than 7 million copies, and Vanessa Kroll Bennett, a puberty educator and Natterson's co-host of “The Puberty Podcast." Collectively, they have six kids ranging from 13 to 20.
Here's our interview with Natterson and Kroll Bennett. It has been edited for length and clarity.