Growing up female is both challenging and enjoyable. As a girl moves through adolescence, changes in the body and emotions sometimes are almost overwhelming. With good parental support and non-stop communication, the girl will flourish and look forward to all the new things that are happening to her.
In the 21st Century, female adolescents know so much more than twenty-five years ago. The media's bombardment of sexuality and body image has enabled girls to know more about their bodies than maybe female adults do about themselves. Some of this knowledge is good; however, there are negative aspects as well. Experts are not sure why, but many girls are starting puberty at an earlier age. Because of this early onset, these girls may face problems of teasing, poor self-esteem, and depression. Again with parental guidance, these challenges can be conquered.
The media's emphasis on body image has not been always been positive. Girls encounter models and movie stars who bodies appear perfect. Anorexia nervosa and bulemia have sprung from these images. Hopefully, through education and understanding these terrible disease will be eradicated.
What fun it is to be a girl! Sharing memorable experiences with friends--talking, telling secrets, working together are all pleasurable times that stay in the heart. Hormones hit, and the boys come calling. Looking back now, waiting for the boy to call did not seem enjoyable then; yet today, those times were gone too soon.
Adulthood has its own set of trials. Deciding on the career finds it way to the top of the list. Searching for that special someone who will support and love her. Relating to the parents as they grow older. When the children come, the circle of life begins again; now the female adult must guide her daughter through the tests that every girl faces. Life is never dull growing up female!