Megan laid the stinking baby on the changing table and cooed at him. The little metallic plinks of his onesie pulling apart were almost drowned out by his cry. We were in the almost-dark. I sat on the rocking chair, witnessing my best friend, dumbstruck by her transformation. She was a mom.
The weirdest part about it was this: I had seen her perform almost every one of these motions a thousand times over already. But those times, the baby had been a doll and we had both been children ourselves. Those times, we had been equals in our fascination and our distance from real motherhood.
In some [...]
Social problems don’t just increase the risk for early puberty; early puberty increases the risk for social problems as well. We know that girls who develop ahead of their peers tend to have lower self-esteem, more depression and more eating disorders. They start drinking and lose their virginity sooner. They have more sexual partners and more sexually transmitted diseases. “You can almost predict it” — that early maturing teenagers will take part in more high-risk behaviors, says Tonya Chaffee, associate clinical professor of pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco.
In case you missed it, this past weekend's New York Times Magazine's long-read tackles the increasing phenomenon of [...]
Fashion writer Renata Espinosa ran into the only reason I ever watched The Hills, People's Revolution head, and author Kelly Cutrone at a fashion event last night and was delighted when the lady in black told her she'd be making a regular appearance on a "nationally syndicated talk show," further details of which aren't available yet. When Espinosa asked her what kinds of things she'll be talking about on the show, Cutrone was not — as most celebrity interview subjects usually are — short on ideas. At all!