Posts tagged #adolscence

Valentine for a Teen Girl

Valentines Day is a celebration mainly of romantic love but love of all kinds deserve honour and celebration. 

Why not celebrate the magnificent young woman that is your daughter (niece, student, cousin, little sister, - insert any relationship where you care and want her to be prepared and confident) with a gift that will keep on giving for months and months to come, literally?

A Female Empowerment Bracelet is a thoughtful gift when passed down from an older woman to a young woman just as she begins to mature and bloom.  When the wisdom of experience is shared, the receiver will benefit greatly.  Adolescence is a transitional phase which is often fraught with anxiety and many questions and often misinformed answers from well-meaning peers.  Giving her a bracelet that she can carry away with her and investigate at her own leisure as she becomes more fully aware of the changes within her on a cyclical basis can erase some of the anxiety and answer important questions. There is peace of mind for both giver and receiver in such crucial matters as female fertility and a healthy body consciousness and self-image. Understanding how her body is working and what to expect when she's NOT expecting is vital information that all young women should receive. By giving her a Feby bracelet you are gifting her with the profound knowledge that you care and want nothing more than for her to live an informed life making decisions that are in her best interests. 

The above picture shows a coming-of-age valentine gift which includes:

  • Female Empowerment Bracelet

  • A DivaCup and some DivaWash, because it's never to early to start with the best.

  • A few chocolates because it wouldn't be Valentines without chocolate and who needs an excuse for chocolate anyway?

  • 3 Love Tokens to be redeemed for a massive bear hug, a dinner and movie night and a girl talk.

The total price of this gift is $65 Canadian and will last far longer than these equally priced and unimaginative gift items (however lovely they may be). Flowers wither and die, chocolates get consumed rather quickly and unhealthy and perfume is delightful but undoubtedly won't have the same profound and positive effect as our suggested gift from the period fairy.


Feby Inc. is based in Canada and with the exchange rate being what it is, a Female Empowerment Bracelet can be purchased and including shipping will cost the giver less than $10 US.  

What are you waiting for? Order one today and make your own empowering gift basket for that special young woman. 

Puberty Book Review


Here’s my review of some more books about puberty that hopefully you will find of use. Books are a reliable source of information; much more reliable than what one can find on the world wide web. Think about it, a lot of care and attention is put into the printing of a book. The author puts their name on it for all time. The publisher verifies the information and has fact-checkers and proofreaders. Can you say the same for whatever website you visit? No. The internet is the new school yard and information is passed around willy-nilly and without licence. Facts about puberty are integral to a young woman being set on the right path of life concerning her body, cycle, sexuality and authority. Books such as these are a great addition to the conversation, along with intimate conversation, some samples such as DivaCup, GladRags, and disposable napkins and tampons, along with perhaps the most important component, a feby bracelet.

What’s happening to me? by Susan Meredith, illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff

This is a great book to start the conversation about puberty and all the changes young girls go through, both physically and emotionally. It is a slim volume at under 50 pages and each chapter has 2 pages relating to its topic, which includeGetting hairy, Getting breasts, Why periods happen, Using tampons, Your feelings and even How boys’ bodies work and Boys have worries too.

I love the concise information that is imparted with each subject. For example in the section about the bra business a lot is covered in a mere 2 to measure yourself to find your bra size, the importance of the right fit and how to tell and  the different types of bras and for what occasions. Very practical information interspersed with cute illustrations by Nancy Leschnikoff.

I would recommend this book for girls ages 8-10

 Why Do I Have Periods? by Isabel Thomas

Here is a book geared directly at pre-pubescent and pubescent girls which concentrates solely on menstruation and puberty.

It’s a slight book (32 pages) with large text and lots of graphics that help to describe what exactly a period is and when a girl should expect to get her first one and why.

I was disappointed with the instructions given regarding what to use to catch the flow. The page dedicated to that only lists tampons or sanitary pads as possible methods (has the author not heard of a menstrual cup?) and no mention is made of toxic shock syndrome which I find negligent.

Overall, this book is okay for young girls (6-9 years old) but I wouldn’t recommend it because of the above stated glaring omissions.

girlology’s there’s something new about you

Written by the founders of Girlology, Melisa Holmes, M.D. and Trish Huthison, M.D., this book is 122 pages of relevant information to help families “improve communication about puberty, sexuality, and adolescent behaviors.”

It’s a comprehensive look at the concerns of a pubescent girl with many antidotes and scenarios from real girls that adds warmth and understanding to the subject matter.

The author promises 3 things to the readers of this book which are:

1. You’ll be proud you know so much.

2. You will be more comfortable asking questions about growing up.

3. You will be more comfortable about your body and the amazing (and sometimes confusing) things it does.

Of the three books reviewed here, I give top honours to this one. It is well written with tons of information from a bra vocabulary, graphics and proper names for all the parts of the vulva, why we get them and how to manage periods (including how to insert a tampon and the dangers of toxic shock syndrome), healthy hygiene habits and healthy eating. I thought one blurb about pubic hair which simply said “hair is down there for a reason and you should probably leave it alone” doesn’t really address the issue that so many younger women have with pubic hair and their quest to remove it.

Overall I think this is a great book for girls ages 10+.

Happy reading!

Posted on May 20, 2014 .