This has been on my mind lately. DD1 is 6. Her best friend is 7, and in the last few months has started breast development, noticeably. The child is a bit overweight, too-- I guess that can sometimes be related. Anyway, DD asked me about it today. She said I'd told her that she'd be a lot older when her breasts started to grow, and she can't understand why it's happening to her friend already-- I think she was afraid it maybe was going to happen to her soon, too.
I was ten before I even had breast buds, and menstruated at 12, and I guess I assumed it would be about the same for DD. She's thin for her age, and we eat a largely local and organic diet, but there are so many toxins and hormone disrupting chemicals and we just can't control their exposure to all of them. It worries me, because I think there are emotional consequences when a child's physical maturity so far outstrips their emotional, social, and moral maturity.
me , he , my three , , and -- and the one we lost