Links to more information to help girls with their bodies
Websites and publications
- Body Image and Your Kids – Womenshealth.gov has created a special section to help you learn how to develop a positive body image and influence your children to do the same.
- girlshealth.gov: Body – We have created the girlshealth.gov 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- HPV Vaccine: What You Need to Know – This resource discusses the benefits of getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
- Immunization Schedules – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers important information on vaccines.
- 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.
- Tools for Parents (Copyright © Planned Parenthood) – This resource can make it easier to talk to your daughter about topics like sex.
- A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Teen Years – This is a helpful article from kidshealth.org covering many topics related to the teen years.
- Connecting With Your Preteen – This is another helpful article from kidshealth.org.
- Medical Care and Your 13- to 18-Year-Old – This helpful article from kidshealth.org tells you what to expect at the doctor’s office.
- Talking to Your Child about Menstruation – This is another helpful article from kidshealth.org.
- Talking to Your Child about Puberty – This is a helpful article from kidshealth.org on what to expect at this time of change.
- Your Child’s Weight – This article from kidshealth.org helps you understand growth and puberty, body mass index, and more.
- Your Daughter’s First Gynecologicy Visit – This is another helpful article from kidshealth.org.
- 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.
- Questions and Answers About Sex – This article from kidshealth.org helps you handle issues around sex in age-appropriate ways.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Teaching Your Daughters Self-Esteem (Copyright © Love Our Children USA) – Teach your daughters how to love their bodies and have strong self-esteem.
- 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.
- Ten Tips for Parents of a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Child (Copyright © Advocates for Youth) – This publication provides helpful communication hints.
- Office of Adolescent Health, HHS
- Office of Population Affairs, HHS
- Division of Adolescent and School Health, CDC
- Advocates for Youth
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- Center for Young Women’s Health
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Content last reviewed April 15, 2014
Page last updated February 23, 2015