Milestones and tips for 9-year-old girls

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Milestones and tips for 9-year-old girls

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Nine is often the last year of unfettered girlhood. Most girls aren't yet in the midst of puberty or, if they are, neither they nor their peers are paying much attention to the physical changes. Nine year olds really enjoy the freedoms and pleasures of childhood, but they also take pride in their increasing capabilities, like making a cookie recipe mostly by themselves. For nine year olds, the hot issue that is right around the corner is puberty, which can enter their lives with breathtaking suddenness. To connect with your nine year old, enjoy doing more grownup things together, like riding your bikes together a long way to the park. You can also connect with your nine year old by preparing her for the changes to come. Girls really like learning personal things from their mothers. At nine, your daughter won't be self-conscious and she will be happy to learn from you about cycles and how she can take care of her period. These kind of things that you connect with your daughter around personal issues also sets the stage for ongoing, personal conversations you will have in the years to come.

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SuEllen Hamkins, MD

Psychiatrist & Author

SuEllen Hamkins, MD, is a psychiatrist, author and founding member of the Mother-Daughter Project, a community of women and girls that developed powerful, practical ways to help mothers and daughters stay connected and thrive through adolescence. Co-author of The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence, Dr. Hamkins has given numerous presentations for parents and psychotherapists around the world, focusing on mothers, daughters, their relationships and the kinds of communities that nurture them.  As the psychiatrist for the Smith College Counseling Service from 1992-2004, SuEllen offered consultation to over a thousand women ages 16 to 23 to help them resist and overcome problems such as anorexia, bulimia, depression, anxiety, trauma, assault, and self-injury.  In addition to her work on behalf of mothers and daughters, as the Assistant Director for Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she has been instrumental in developing strengths-based, narrative approaches to psychotherapy and psychiatric practice, helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of serious difficulties.  SuEllen is the mother of two daughters, now 17 and 22, and raising them has been the most thrilling and rewarding work of her life. She lives with her husband and younger daughter in western Massachusetts, where they love to swim outdoors, cross country ski, shoe snow, dance, cook and lounge around in the living room, reading. 

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