Just came across this thread by accident - I don't have a preteen, my DD is just turning 7 - but the thread title caught my eye and I remember seeing research on factors behind early menarche and one of the strongest factors seems to be paternal presence and function.
There are more, but none are exactly brilliant prose and scintillating reading. Point is, diet and environmental contaminants aren't the only things that affect maturation - as social animals, our biological development responds to environmental cues from our social milieu as well. Also, these are studies, they employ statistical methods to develop population-level predictions, so it doesn't necessarily mean that if YOU'RE divorced, YOUR child is going to hit puberty early. But, it's something to think about. How many of the moms here who reported their daughters' periods starting later than their own had absent/dysfunctional fathers, but are currently in stable relationships with their children's fathers? Just curious
My parents were together all my childhood and are still together. I'm in a solid marriage with my children's father. DD started 2 years later than myself.
Honestly, I suspect it's a little of everything on a societal level.... environment, diet, genetics, body type/weight, living with or without father and possibly even media exposure to more sexual images and discussion. I've read before that the steady presence of a husband or father helps to regulate a typical woman's menstrual cycle and I think anyone who has lived in a college dorm for a few months can vouch for how our bodies do adapt to the hormones around us.
Individually, what could effect one girl may not effect another as much or at all. Trying to pin-point any one reason would be pretty difficult in most cases I think.
Married mom, DD 18, DS 15, and a Valentine's surprise on the way!
My grandmother was 17; my mother was 16; I was 15. Neither of my girls has started menstruating yet; they are 11 and 9. I have a feeling, based on body development, that the 11 y.o. will be just a little over 13 when she gets her first period. The 9 y.o. is showing no sign of development, and she is very skinny, so I think she will be more like 14-16.
While DD11y does not menstruate, she appears to have a mood cycle linked to my cycle. She turns into a psychopath before and during my period. And, no, it's not just my perception. Trying a homeopathic on the advice of our pediatrician.
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