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Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?

Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’? | Reading, Writing & Research |

"What science tells us about the incredible shrinking childhood."

"Family stress can disrupt puberty timing as well. Girls who from an early age grow up in homes without their biological fathers are twice as likely to go into puberty younger as girls who grow up with both parents. Some studies show that the presence of a stepfather in the house also correlates with early puberty. Evidence links maternal depression with developing early. Children adopted from poorer countries who have experienced significant early-childhood stress are also at greater risk for early puberty once they’re ensconced in Western families.

Bruce Ellis, a professor of Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona, discovered along with his colleagues a pattern of early puberty in girls whose parents divorced when those girls were between 3 and 8 years old and whose fathers were considered socially deviant (meaning they abused drugs or alcohol, were violent, attempted suicide or did prison time). In another study, published in 2011, Ellis and his colleagues showed that first graders who are most reactive to stress — kids whose pulse, respiratory rate and cortisol levels fluctuate most in response to environmental challenges — entered puberty earliest when raised in difficult homes. Evolutionary psychology offers a theory: A stressful childhood inclines a body toward early reproduction; if life is hard, best to mature young. But such theories are tough to prove.

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, who oversees the Teen and Young Adult Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital. Half of the patients in her clinic are or have been in the foster system. She sees in the outlines of their early-developing bodies the stresses of their lives — single parent or no parent, little or no money, too much exposure to violence."

Via Dennis Richards
Forrest z. Tappan's insight:

Some good point and key ideas made in this article that will help me think about what I want to say in my paper and how i choose to present it. Make some points about human interaction and "just knowing" things about people that found interesting but unfortunately irrelevant to my work. Besides that this topic of early onset of puberty seems to be picking up some attention and some good work is being done to further our understanding. Hopefully this will be solved and not just be come a new norm to be forgotten.

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Here Are 30 Rules for Boyfriends From Two Genius Little Girls

Here Are 30 Rules for Boyfriends From Two Genius Little Girls | Reading, Writing & Research |
Including "Don't pick your nose." (A tomar nota!
Forrest z. Tappan's insight:

Anyone can agree that kids can be cute and come up with neat idea using their unique perspectives on life. But does this merit two girl under the age  of 10 the once revered status of genius? May it be the poor choice of title for a trivial article or the new word of our century to make it on the endless list of  fashionably miss used words like love or hate, forever and "literally". Word with very finite meaning should not be tossed around in order to make a feeble point. So your daughters think a good boyfriend can only come from good jewelry and a job, fine. But this unoriginal idea i don't think hold up with the divine enlightenment in ones work, such a word like genius is suppose to portray.


//This has nothing to do with my opinion of two kids who are being kids. This is a comment on the public's lowering of standard so they can be on par with the best of our historical masters and the media who supports such behavior. If I offended anyone by bashing on a story about to girls' opinion on what is means to be a "good man"  then I'm sorry( but not really).

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9 Qualities of Good Writing

9 Qualities of Good Writing | Reading, Writing & Research |

There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....


Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.


Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?


Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....

Via Jeff Domansky, Sarah Yarborough
Forrest z. Tappan's insight:

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Jenny McComb's curator insight, March 5, 2014 10:35 AM

Good article! Lots of quotes from well-known authors to illustrate her points. I appreciate her thoughts on the hard work of writing, and our reluctance to call ourselves writers.

Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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Where Have All the Geniuses Gone?

Where Have All the Geniuses Gone? | Reading, Writing & Research |
The democratization of genius represents a victory for human equality. But if everyone can be a genius, then what does it mean?


By Darrin M. McMahon, author of Divine Fury: A History of Genius

One of my related articles: "Celebrating giftedness: You may be gifted – get over it" - We may not have realized all or even many of the promises of our identity as a gifted kid, and through circumstance or suppression left talents unmanifested or unspoken. But that doesn’t mean we have lost that aspect of who we are.

Via Douglas Eby
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We all like to think we are the greatest person this earth has ever seen. This article from the Creativitypost makes the point that that can never be true, and what is means for the tomorrow of our youth if the common person believes they are the gifted kid our mothers tells us we are.

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