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Links to more information to help girls with their bodies

Websites and publications

  1. Body Image and Your Kids – has created a special section to help you learn how to develop a positive body image and influence your children to do the same.
  2. Body – We have created the Body section to help adolescent girls learn more about some of the unique health issues and social situations they will encounter during the teen years.
  3. Communication Skills Building for Parents of Preteen Girls – Talking to pre-teen and teenage girls isn’t always easy. Communication Skills Building is a program that offers parents and caretakers tools for having important conversations with girls. 
  4. Growth Charts – You can learn more about growth charts, which are used to compare your child’s height and weight to children of the same age.
  5. HPV Vaccine: What You Need to Know – This resource discusses the benefits of getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
  6. Immunization Schedules – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers important information on vaccines.
  7. Parent Information – This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes information about a range of health topics, such as child safety, immunization schedules, and developmental milestones.
  8. Tools for Parents (Copyright © Planned Parenthood) – This resource can make it easier to talk to your daughter about topics like sex.
  9. A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Teen Years – This is a helpful article from covering many topics related to the teen years.
  10. Connecting With Your Preteen – This is another helpful article from
  11. Medical Care and Your 13- to 18-Year-Old – This helpful article from tells you what to expect at the doctor’s office.
  12. Talking to Your Child about Menstruation – This is another helpful article from
  13. Talking to Your Child about Puberty – This is a helpful article from on what to expect at this time of change.
  14. Your Child’s Weight – This article from helps you understand growth and puberty, body mass index, and more.
  15. Your Daughter’s First Gynecologicy Visit – This is another helpful article from
  16. Are You an Askable Parent? (Copyright © Advocates for Youth) – This publication offers advice on how to help young people see you as open to questions, including tips on how to become more confident about your ability to discuss sexuality.
  17. Questions and Answers About Sex – This article from helps you handle issues around sex in age-appropriate ways.
  18. Menstruation: Preparing Your Preteen for Her Period (Copyright © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) – This publication gives guidance to parents on how to discuss menstruation with their daughters.
  19. Puberty: What to Expect When Your Child Goes Through Puberty (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) – This publication contains information on puberty, the signs that your child is going through puberty, and what you can do to help your child.
  20. Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls (Copyright © American Psychological Association) – This report explores how sexualized images of girls and young women in the media affect girls in real life.
  21. Teaching Your Daughters Self-Esteem (Copyright © Love Our Children USA) – Teach your daughters how to love their bodies and have strong self-esteem.
  22. Teens and Sexual Health Myths (Copyright © Center for Young Women’s Health) – Many teens will turn to the Internet to find out information about sex, but is this information accurate? This video addresses common myths that should be discussed with your child.
  23. Ten Tips for Parents of a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Child (Copyright © Advocates for Youth) – This publication provides helpful communication hints.


  1. Office of Adolescent Health, HHS
  2. Office of Population Affairs, HHS
  3. Division of Adolescent and School Health, CDC
  4. Advocates for Youth
  5. American Academy of Family Physicians
  6. Center for Young Women’s Health
  7. KidsHealth
  8. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)


Content last reviewed April 15, 2014
Page last updated February 23, 2015