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Boys Delayed Puberty: How To Ease Fears

     If your teen boy is concerned about his delayed development, you as a parent can help. Everyone's body has its own schedule for development and some kids develop earlier than others and some later. For a teen who develops differently than their average peer it can be hard on them and embarrassing. As a parent you can inform your teen that development is due to heredity and reassure them that they are normal and will develop in their own time.

When Your Daughter Is Worried About Her Breast Size

     Many teen girls worry about breast size, usually because they feel their breasts are too small. They wonder if they're normal, and if they'll grow more.

* Reassure your daughter that development is a process lasting some years. Studies show that the average white American female does not reach a final stage of breast growth and development until age seventeen or beyond. Factors such as heredity, and weight can also influence breast size.

* No devices or exercise can increase breast size. Some exercises only affect the pectoral muscles underneath the breast -- not the breast itself. And mechanical devices, lotions or creams are totally useless.

* Padded bras may offer temporary comfort, but long term contentment can only come from your daughter accepting and learning to love the uniqueness of her own body, whether her breasts are small, large, or somewhere in between.

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