Turns out you can, but it isn't as simple as you'd think it would be (I think there's a lesson there about MS for all of us).
I believe the lesson is 'online manuals are harder to shred than print ones'.
Try being Gay
At least once.
B'duh, sorry, I clipped the end off that quote:
And not only has the average age dipped, but the number of those who start puberty at the younger end of the range has increased.
Theories abound as to why the onset of puberty is moving earlier: unhealthy lifestyles and unstable family environments were cited by British psychologist Dr Aric Sigman earlier this year. His research, reported by the BBC, found that girls were reaching puberty at just over 10, about 18 months earlier than their mothers, and almost two years earlier than their grandmothers.
Emma, do you have stats for the average age at first period in NZ being 10? I'm pretty sure it's closer to 12 3/4.
Meh, I hit it in a Listener article some months ago, and by then I'd already read it... somewhere.
According to the Ministry of Health, puberty starts for New Zealand girls some time between nine and 14. For boys, it’s a little later at between 11 and 16 years.
The issue, explains Gluckman’s Liggins Institute colleague, associate professor Wayne Cutfield, “is that the average age of puberty has crept down by just a few months and it’s now around 11 for boys and girls”.
My daughter's class is certainly full of girls who without knowing I'd have guessed to be about thirteen or fourteen. It seems more prevalent in the PI girls.
Sorry can't deal with the idea of being burnt, but under a the grapefruit tree/Kowhai/Totara would be nice.
I also would like this, just a tree no marker, but the last time I checked it wasn't legal.
I'm just happy I've lived long enough that I'm now in a situation where I know my partner would prevent my mother from giving me a decent Christian burial.
Funnily enough there were two generations of good cricketers among them, some playing for New Zealand. Does that mesh with your dominant hand/cricket bat theory, Kyle?
I feel a bit guilty if I don't mention that when I was thinking about elegant leftie batsmen, the guy playing the straight drive in my head was Stephen Fleming who, while he bats left-handed, is actually a rightie.
It's also a shameful secret how much I would have liked one of my kids to be left-handed. I had to restrain myself from trying to force them to use their left hands when they were little. I'd have liked to be not quite so outnumbered.
Not withstanding the enlightened PAS female readership who were quite possibly fierce independent enlightened girls and realised early on that they were in charge ...
I'm not sure 'fiercely independent' is compatible with the emotional shit-fest that is adolescence, and gender is pretty much irrelevant to that.
So they got the contraception bit in at the end there, but I think it could have been a little more WTF? You're not using contraception? Do you actually want a baby right now?
See, I see someone who's scared, and my gut instinct is that the first thing she should be told is that there's nothing wrong with her. Possibly not wanting the lecture is one of the reasons she's directing this question at magazine.
What is different from 'back in my day' is that the average age of first period for a Kiwi girl is now TEN. They're trying to deal with those hormones at an age where some of them still aren't allowed to walk home from school by themselves.
Perhaps in all this discussion of the pressure on young women, we need to think about how we parent our boys too. Accepting that they are struggling to contain their feelings is ok, but so is teaching them to respect women.
I'm not convinced that it's constructive to have 'things we tell boys' and 'things we tell girls'. The basic pressures are the same. We hunted high and low for good puberty books for the children (partly because of my requirement that they not assume that everybody is straight), and we made sure both kids read both books, so they knew what was going on with the other gender as well.
Do you know if there's any correlation between left-handedness and increased co-ordination? At one stage I seem to recall seeing that the top target-shooters in the world were all lefties. My Jennifer (a lefty) is lethal with a rifle, causing any observers to comment that they wouldn't want their spouse to be quite such a good shot.
Not that I've run across in my reading. At the other end of the spectrum, I'm a really terrifyingly terrible shot myself. But left-handed batsmen look more elegant than right-handeds. She ever come at you with a cricket bat?
Then I had a daughter ... now I'm a born again Puritan.
This issue's one of those times when I feel like I might have dropped in from another planet. People keep telling me this will happen, but my daughter is eleven, I wasn't shocked by the Girlfriend content, and I can still remember what it was like to be a teenage girl. I believe the biggest thing 'sexualising' me was all the rampant sex hormones running round my body.
I did manage to work out how to snog boys in parks all by myself, though.
So while your specialist lefty tools are ridiculously over-priced.... at least some of it is probably in the quality.... An equivalent quality righty tool would probably not be found in the $2 shop, or even for $5 at the supermarket?
I can't attest to the quality of the scissors, not having bought them. But good dressmaking and hair scissors are always expensive. But the can opener, which has un-rounded hard hollow plastic handles, was about twice the price of a right-handed equivalent.