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Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?: REAL Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff [Paperback]

Julie Metzger RN MN , Robert Lehman MD

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March 27 2012
This flip book for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 has questions asked by girls in one half of the book; flip it over and questions asked by boys are on the other side. Contains honest, informative, and reassuring answers to questions pre-adolescents have about puberty, friends, feelings, sex, pimples, babies, body hair, menstruation, bras, and much more.

Straightforward, age-appropriate answers to REAL questions from preteens are provided by an experienced nurse-and-physician team who have been giving popular seminars to moms and daughters, and dads and sons, in Seattle and Palo Alto for more than twenty years. Each of the questions in the book has been asked--many of them frequently!--by kids during their seminars. Filled with fun, full-color illustrations throughout.

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[Starred Review] Real kids ask real questions of professionals who know not only how to talk to them, but also how to relate knowledgeable, age-appropriate answers in an engaging manner. The book offers information for girls on one side and for boys when it is turned over (or vice versa), which suits the binary nature of the topic perfectly. Illustrations are on target and intelligently used. The comprehensive book covers anatomical and emotional changes, reproduction as a biological process, sex, masturbation, dating, and some of the emotional differences between boys and girls. Other gender-specific topics are also included. The information is presented in a friendly, compassionate manner, and the book is a great way to start a conversation with preteens or tweens. It serves as a model for answering their questions and lets parents know what kids are really thinking. If you can only afford one book on puberty for this age group, this is the one to have.
School Library Journal

For more than two decades the UW grad and registered nurse [Julie Metzger] has taught a two-night class on puberty and sexuality that’s become a rite of passage for preteen girls and their mothers in Seattle, and along the way she’s fielded thousands of queries—some funny, some poignant, and all fascinating glimpses of the hormone-addled minds of kids. This spring she and Dr. Rob Lehman (he teaches the class to boys and their dads) answer nearly 400 of them in their first book, Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? (Spoiler alert: The answer to that one, mercifully, is no.)
Seattle Metropolitan

...pick up the book Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? by Julie Metzger, RN, MN, and Robert Lehman, MD. They've collaborated to answer the questions most children have about what is going to happen to their bodies... If your child has a question, the answer is most likely in this book... Growing up, puberty can feel like the most confusing and embarrassing thing ever. Probably the best asset of this book is the explanation about normalcy. There is a constant emphasis that no matter how awkward and embarrassed they feel, what they are going through is a totally normal part of life.
Cafe Mom

A lively, well-designed manual on puberty and sex, designed for preteens.
The Seattle Times 

What's cool about this book is it's for boys and girls, so you flip it and you get questions from each...Great advice and an interesting topic.
Q13 Fox, Seattle

About the Author

Julie Metzger is a registered nurse with a master's degree in pediatric nursing. She has worked extensively in the fields of parent education on adolescent development, sexuality, parenting, and communication between parent and child, and is a favorite speaker to a wide array of community groups and schools on all aspects of preteen health issues. She also, along with coauthor Dr. Robert Lehman, founded the Great Conversations speaking series.

Dr. Robert Lehman is an adolescent health specialist with a clinical faculty position at the University of Washington. In addition to teaching Great Conversations classes, he has devoted his career to providing direct health care services to youth, teaching health care professionals about the special needs of adolescents, and addressing teen health issues and policies on local, regional, and national levels. The author lives in Seattle, WA.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the EXPERTS answer! May 11 2012
By Greg Smallidge - Published on Amazon.com
Rob and Julie have been taking on the big questions for years and years, and this book is the next best thing to being in class with them. Even on paper you easily understand the place they speak from: smart, caring, and committed to kids (and families) getting the facts right. They make communication look easy- and where sexuality is concerned, that's something we ALL could learn from.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, great information! May 11 2012
By Holly W. - Published on Amazon.com
"Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?" is way more charming than the sixth grade science textbook, with heart, humor, and candor to make puberty and sex less of a mystery. Not just for adolescents, parents and educators will appreciate the down to earth format--all the content is Q&A based on REAL questions from tweens--plus there's a sense of flip-around-and-explore, which just takes all kinds of pressure off such a big, wild subject. Two thumbs up!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great resource for any pre-teen! May 14 2012
By katherine tytus - Published on Amazon.com
"Will Puberty Last My Whole Life" is accessible, funny, and informative-- a wonderful resource for any pre-teen who has lots of unanswered questions about friendship, love (and like!), and the human body. It is organized with chapter topics that cover a wide range of real questions asked by real kids.

The book is divided in half with one side devoted to boys and the other to girls. When I finished reading the "girl" side, I found myself devouring the "boy" side, and I'm 35 years old!

Metzger and Lehman have written a wonderfully informative, unique guide for the curious kid.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Boys and Girls: Teens and Pre-Teens May 22 2012
By Dr. Bob - Published on Amazon.com
As a Pediatrician I feel that this book is a must read for all boys and girls, especially pre-teens and teens. (In some families it will even educate parents about things they should know but do not understand fully.) It is a compilation of questions asked by boys and girls about changes they notice in their bodys (and in their attitudes) as they approach puberty. The authors have captured all of the important issues, some of which parents can't quite figure out how to approach.
The book should be shared by children and their parents and will serve to open lines of communication that might otherwise be blocked due to shyness, embarasment, and even ignorance of the facts.
Although the book is fairly new, I have recommended it to several families with boys and girls ages nine and above. It will be used as a resource for many years to come.
Congratulations to the authors for this significant contribution to the field of education for our young people.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a GIFT--to preteens, parents, grandparents, and teachers alike May 16 2012
By lisak - Published on Amazon.com
If you have a preteen in your life and are curious to know the questions that they are REALLY asking about their bodies, sex, and relationships, you NEED this book! THEY need this book! Written in a way that is entirely approachable to the preteen audience, the authors maintain a consistently positive tone as they honestly address the very real curiosities of preteens, ranging from eating disorders and normal puberty weight gain, to gossip and friendship challenges, to sexual intimacy and pregnancy. And that's just a small sampling of the girl's side!

This book invites you in to an important conversation and, in doing so, equips both parents and their preteens to continue the conversation as they carry on the journey of growing-up.

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