It Must Be in the Water, Puberty Coming Earlier

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Several weeks ago we Muse’d about how old we were when we first started using makeup.

I’m NOT that old but I have to say I feel positively ancient when I see girl’s that are around 10 years old at Sephora purchasing makeup or at the movie theater by themselves squealing when Taylor pops up on screen without a shirt (mind you I’m squealing with them but I’m of an age to appreciate that kinda body, are they?) or even with their own iPhones, seriously? Who pays that bloody bill?

No shame in my game, when I was 10 I was still playing with Barbie’s and crying for my mommy.

A recent study shows that girls within the US are hitting puberty at early ages. So all that technology, makeup, and hot celebs aren’t the only thing that make little girl’s older, it’s also their bodies that are displaying the signs of aging as well!

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Doctors are unsure of what could be causing girls to develop at a younger age, I say it’s probably in the water…kiddin’, kiddin’! Rising obesity rates could be one thing that factors into girl’s hitting puberty at an early age.

At age 7, approximately 10 percent of white girls and 23 percent of black girls had started developing breasts according to studies. That’s pretty damn crazy isn’t it?

I got my period for the first time at the age of 12. At 12 I think we can somehow come to terms and understand the changes our bodies are going through without being to traumatized but can you imagine having breasts at seven and possibly menstruating as well? That’s really a delicate time when you should enjoy being a kid.

So I guess it’s not only society, technology, and marking contributing to the quick transition into adulthood nowadays but also the factor of puberty coming really early!

Do you have kids?

Are they growing up a little too fast?

If and when you do have children, ideally how young is too young for hanging out, wearing makeup, and acting all teen-ish?

Do share!

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  • 8/9/10 13:48 chibicheeks:

    When I was young, I always loved makeup. I would watch my mom put it on, and be thrilled when she put it on me. I was very much the girly girl. Of course, I never owned any real makeup till I was a teen/preteen. Even then, it was things like Lip Smackers. lol. Definitely no Sephora shopping for me!

    My boyfriend and I were actually talking about the whole cell phone thing and kids the other day. I really don’t think cell phones are necessary till your kids start driving. That’s when I got mine. I would think before then, you should have a good idea of where your kids are! But that’s just me.

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    • 8/9/10 13:58 the Muse:

      chibi I was a little tom boy growing up but I def enjoyed pretty little things, ie, lipsmackers LOL I think that’s the fun thing about growing up. Cute little items like lip smackers are ideal for little girls but I really can’t see them wearing out and out lipstick or eyeliner, that’s a tad scary! and I agree about cells. Def need to know where they are but they also should be old enough to BE there to begin with. Boy/girl parties at 10-11 years old and the likes is a tad too young inhm. I got my first cell when I started college LOL but than again it was def a different time as cells hadn’t quite been as hardcore as they are now!

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  • 8/9/10 13:57 Marina:

    I’ll come out and say I first hit puberty with Aunt Flow and all at around 9. Yeah. Pretty early for that…It made me so self-conscious. I almost always wore a jacket because I was so embarrassed.
    I was one of the first girls to get into makeup, I think…but that was at around 12. At that point, it was just mascara. When I was 13, maybe I wore a bit of shadow, but nothing crazy. I’d say I first really got into it at 15, but I never wore blush or anything…I feel I’ve had a natural and appropriate progression.
    I do feel kids are growing up too fast. I see girls and shudder at what they’re wearing. I feel it’s all the commercials and such…but what can you do? They’ll see it either way, even if you try and shield them from it.
    I guess if I had kids (not anytime soon, lol), I’d talk to them about it and explain how I felt as a kid and what I felt was right and proper. I wouldn’t want them to feel restricted, but I wouldn’t be okay with letting them all of a sudden dressing sexy, wearing falsies and red lipstick and all the other trappings of growing older.

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    • 8/9/10 14:01 the Muse:

      wow marina. That’s real early hun. I can imagine it was stressful :( as not everyone starts so early so it kinda feels strange I bet. Lord knows I feel weird b/c I think I was the first one in my class to get my period and I kinda felt very strange and never talked about it with anyone but my mum.

      Sounds like it to me Marina. You’re right on target :) I’ve seen 10 year olds sporting lipstick and gloss, that’s a tad TOO young. That’s very true, they will see it regardless particularly when they are with friends and such but I do think parents have to be a tad more active with their kids. Heading out of the house in short shorts at 12…well that’s a parents job to say no I don’t THINK SO.

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  • 8/9/10 14:14 Heather:

    I was in third grade when I got my period. Girls are getting their periods younger and younger. Some link it to the hormone use in all of our foods.

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    • 8/9/10 14:24 the Muse:

      3rd grade heather? wow!

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  • 8/9/10 14:23 Chelley:

    Wow… I was a late bloomer. I hit puberty when I was 15… and now 5-6 years later, I’m just into make-up. lol… XD

    Kids grow up way too fast these days.

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    • 8/9/10 14:24 the Muse:

      That’s not so unusual chelley :-D My cousins were that age :) I agree kids seem to be getting older way too fast

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  • 8/9/10 14:24 Nunu:

    In all seriousness, it’s probably the abundance of food, shelter from the elements, and lack of natural predators. You’ll see it in animals and I guess we’re starting to see it in humans too, when the environment is suitable, animals reach sexual maturity earlier so they can reproduce in a time of plenty.
    I only got my period when I was 15.
    When I was 12, I played with my dogs, cars, guns and climbed trees, boys had germs and were to be avoided at all costs!
    I am quite disgusted at the way kids are dressed and their behaviour in malls. When you see a 12YO girl hanging around a bunch of guys in the mall wearing bum crack shorts, you gotta wonder about the parents.

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    • 8/9/10 14:29 the Muse:

      amen nunu. I agree. Seriously are there mothers and fathers NOT seeing this? Blind much?

      god I’m hoping our kids are reproducing in a time of plenty haha!

      Even at 12 I was still running about playing outside, bike riding etc…def not hanging out with guys at the mall wearing hot pants. Lord, I remember I was 11 and my friend was able to go to the park by herself, it was a little ways from our house and a big street in between and my mum would NOT let me go because I had to cross the street. At the time it was absurd to me but I kinda am thankful that my mum was looking out for me, I can appreciate it now.

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  • 8/9/10 14:27 Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex:

    I saw that article and was very concerned. It’s hard enough for young girls to act and look age appropriate when they’re being thrown images of girls like Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus and other young sexualized “role models.” Kids need to learn to be kids–run around, be active, have an imagination, be social!

    But to start physically developing breasts at the age of 7?! That’s really alarming. I think it’s especially worrisome that no one really has a good idea of WHY this is happening.

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    • 8/9/10 14:32 the Muse:

      hi Marilyn always good to hear from you hun! agreed. Miley has really grown up overnight and it’s hard to believe she isn’t 30 lol. I read recently she wants breast surgery…seriously?!?!?! Agreed on why WHY factor. It does make you shake your head and wonder. On top of that marketing, celebrities, and the internet also factor into the growing up too soon thing. the social part they have but it’s sad that the social part stems from an online lifestyle rather than a “real” life one! jesus. go outside, exhausted yourself riding your bike and tossing a ball around, not by being on facebook all night :(

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  • 8/9/10 14:36 Storm:

    I started my period at 12 and cried because I didn’t want it. I wanted to be one of those girls that *never* got hers for whatever reason. I was always a chunky kid, so I developed breasts early on and started wearing a sports bra/ training bra in third grade. I don’t remember it bothering me, to be honest.

    I’ve *always* had makeup and was allowed to wear eyeshadow as young as five (I was also in dance). But it was always very obvious that I was a little kid playing with makeup, not an adult. I really got into makeup as a teen, but then it was still really basic and I didn’t wear blush because I didn’t think I needed it until I met Estee Lauder’s Peach Nuance blush. I realized how much more…alive I looked, but I was 18 or 19.

    My niece plays with makeup too, but that is all she does: play. She will be seven soon (Sept) and she *wants* a cell phone, but doesn’t know what she would do with it other than, “listen to music and call you.” To which I point out she has a stereo and a home phone.

    (ummm…Anyone remember the stereo being the right of passage? To get an actual STEREO showed that you could be trusted with sensitive equipment. 5 disc, dual tape deck, record player on top…I recorded songs off the radio so I could listen to them whenever. We *all* did.)

    Anyway, she doesn’t need a cell phone until she starts after school stuff in middle school and even then it needs to be strictly limited. Middle school kids try to text in class! I like taking their phones away, bc “Ms. Storm is mean”! (I sub). The kids in my family and the Mr.’s family…they’re all kids. His bro’s oldest girl starts middle school this year and she is still very much a child. She is 11, so things are starting to develop, but she isn’t allowed to do certain things. Just like my friend’s 11 year old. She is a mature little girl, but she is still VERY MUCH an 11 year old.. It is all about how you raise the kids: taking an active role in protecting them or just letting them go. Parent’s are responsible for most of this because a lot of people think raising a child is easy. It isn’t.

    They’re also having sex earlier. In middle school, I was praying the Backstreet Boys’ tour bus would break down in front of my house so that I could HOLD NICK’S HAND and maybe get a kiss on the cheek. I didn’t want to do anything else…Man, where does childhood go for these kids?

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    • 8/9/10 14:46 the Muse:

      yea me too storm. I kinda cried as well. For some reason I felt like I was the odd kid out since I was the first to get it. I only discussed it with my mum at the time and wouldn’t tell my friends. I was pretty much flat as a board sadly until after high school for some reason. I wasn’t a chunky kid but I am a short, chunky adult lol :-D

      sounds like you had the right passage of your childhood to me :-D and so does your niece. Playing pretend and heading out of the house in full eye makeup is two different things lol!

      OMG of course. Totally one of those rights of passage as a teen. I used to record stuff off the radio all the damn time!!!!!!!!!

      ha! you sub? you must see some crazy ass crap. I agree. Parents are VERY responsible for this. and sex in middle school that’s simply insane. Can you imagine? I swear I thought the stork delivered babies until I was quite OLD!

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  • 8/9/10 14:51 LorraineER:

    I was 10 when all that started happening and I remember my mom being shocked thinking THAT was early..but 7?? Seriously? I realize there are places where it’s normal for 14-year-old to be moms and whatnot but 7 is so young :( When I was 7 I was playing with My Little Ponies! I was obsessing over New Kids On the Block too but I don’t think I’d have understood why them taking off their shirts was something to squeal over. I’ve seen the tweens at Sephora too- as a matter of fact it kind of got to me one time when this pack of ittle girls kept taking up all the room in front of displays and us ancients had to stand by and wait until their sparkly-ooh-ness had run it’s course. I wish that mall had a Claire’s because that’s just more of a suitable place to makeup shop at that age, IMO.

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    • 8/9/10 15:30 the Muse:

      hey lorraine funny as I think my mum was equally shocked at 12. I think she expected it to happen a few years down the road :-D yup, same here, I get very irritated with the tweens at Sephora. You literally have to sit and wait until they tested everything before getting your hands on a single item that you actually plan to buy. Funny, as sephora SA’s do NOT follow this kids around but they follow me around like I’m about to jack a lipstick off the shelf rolls eyes!

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  • 8/9/10 14:52 Rachel:

    My little cousin is only 11 and she’s fairly developed physically, but still a little girl mentally, which is such a painful situation. She’s so not equipped to deal with the changes of puberty, so I can’t imagine what it must be like for girls even younger than her.

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    • 8/9/10 15:28 the Muse:

      aw gosh rachel that’s so heart breaking sigh. It’s difficult particularly if her friends aren’t yet caught up :(

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  • 8/9/10 14:55 Mandy B:

    Hello all,

    I completely agree with the other comments so far, and I’m glad to see a post like this as well. A have a number of friends/family in the 25 – 30 age group and we all agree…so many of today’s young girls dress and act far too provocatively for their age (my sister in law calls them “prosti-tots”). We also agree that we will make the best effort to raise sensible children/teens. So hopefully if enough of our generation feels the same way, our kids won’t feel so pressured by society to grow up too quickly.

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    • 8/9/10 15:21 the Muse:

      LOL Mandy that’s actually very funny and very sad but true. Amen. It really does fall into the hands of the parents. Parents need to be a little more active with their children b/c seriously this is getting to be a tad absurd. During my recent vacation I was appalled at the way tweens/teens acted. There parents were no where to be found and they were dropping F bombs like hello and goodbye. I do wonder, do they talk to their mum and dad with that sort of language?!??!! I’m def a liberal but listening to a 12 year old say f this f that is a tad too much!

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  • 8/9/10 15:02 Storm:

    I have my degree in education but decided to go to grad school. I see a LOT of crap. These kids apparently don’t know how to use condoms but know where to get them, there are middle schoolers sleeping with their friend’s older brother(s), there are kids talking about lighting up–I didn’t even know what a joint LOOKED like until high school. It has gotten crazy, but I’m lucky to have a family (and the Mr.’s , if we get hitched and make Stormy babies) that believes in letting a kid be a kid for as long as possible.

    Oh! How about this one, Muse: they’re doing all this stuff (and I don’t think the physical development is their fault), yet we give them all trophies for participation and try to make sure their feelings aren’t getting hurt. Kids in my classes aren’t allowed to call names and such, but they can respectfully disagree with opinions. When I student taught, kids failed my tests. Sorry hun, you should have studied. You knew it was coming.

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    • 8/9/10 15:31 the Muse:

      amen storm sounds like you have good values :-D and your mister too!

      Are you kidding? LOL. My teachers would laugh if we failed at anything and tell us to get our asses back to the books and study harder haha! participation was great but if it didn’t help in the final test score you were out of luck lol! hard love never hurt anyone!

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      • 8/9/10 16:19 Storm:

        Oh, we can’t say anything too negative. Delicate psyches and all. Then the kids lack coping mechanisms and we’re all in for a world of trouble.

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        • 8/9/10 16:20 the Muse:

          wow storm when did kids become so mushy :-D haha. “I’ll call the cops if you give me a C+”!

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          • 8/9/10 20:58 Storm:

            They aren’t! It is some weird backlash to the “kids will be kids” attitude we all grew up with. When kids started committing suicide over being made fun of, it started coming down. There is a line between normal behavior and the horrible attacks some children do endure.

          • 8/10/10 9:32 the Muse:

            jeepers storm. Actually. Thinking about it now maybe I can understand where they are coming from b/c lord there has been abnormally high suicide rates in grade schoolers, how freaking scary.

  • 8/9/10 15:06 Maggie:

    I’m just curious. What age do you think it is appropriate for a girl to get into makeup? I completely agree with your post though:)

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    • 8/9/10 15:17 the Muse:

      Hi maggie freshman year in high school feels about right. 7th and 8th graders are a ok but not heavy duty eyeliner and lipstick. Perhaps some gloss and blush but not full out makeup at 12 and 13 year’s old. how about you?

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      • 8/9/10 15:31 Maggie:

        Thanks for replying so quickly:) I think freshman year is good. I’m about to be a sophomore myself. Although I never wear a full face of makeup, I can barely pull myself out of bed in the morning to get ready for school. I can’t imagine doing much makeup that early. Although I do remember seeing girls at school with raccoon eyeliner eyes and lots of lipgloss when I was 11

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        • 8/9/10 15:33 the Muse:

          jeepers maggie at 11? that’s going too fast. Tastefully done Maggie that’s what counts :) and a sophomore in HS is plenty old enough to enjoy the makeup world :-D and yes totally can relate lol. I’m way past sophomore year but lord knows doing makeup in the morning is the worst :P it’s the same for most ladies I imagine :D hehe!

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  • 8/9/10 15:16 Bonnie:

    I was very naive and was def. still playing with Barbies until I was 11 or so, and I did not wear makeup until I was a 16 per Mom, outside of ‘kid makeup’ and Halloween. Still, my first crush on a guy was at age 9, and at age 10 i had a shirtless pinup pic of Kirk Cameron (yes) on my ceiling. Even though he was shirtless, though, it was so purely innocent and nonsexual it wasn’t even funny. Even as a teenager my fantasizing never involved sex–it was always about kissing and making out. So, point being, those girls that are squealing about Taylor whoever shirtless might be totally innocent like I was.

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    • 8/9/10 15:28 the Muse:

      LOL bonnie. I think maybe I had my first crush at 10 too? His name was max and he was in the 6th grade….lol I remember following him around the school yard until one day he turned away and yelled, “STOP FOLLOWING ME” I was crushed to say the least lol!

      LOL bonnie no offense hun but I think they are totally thinking of more than kissing and making out haha!

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  • 8/9/10 15:53 jerseygrrrl78:

    There have been studies done that show possible linkage between accelerated puberty and the steroidal hormones that are fed to the livestock that end up on our dinner tables. These same hormones may also be a contributing risk factor for breast cancer. Just one more reason to buy organic!

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  • 8/9/10 15:54 Audrey:

    I remember getting into makeup around 11 or 12. My mom has always let me go through my little phases… Super-preppy to goth to artsy-fartsy nerd. Looking back, I’m so embarrassed at how I must’ve looked. She’d gently tell me,”Maybe you shouldn’t line your eyes all around…” (and I’m Asian, can you imagine how tiny my eyes must’ve looked?!) or “Your skin is fine, you don’t need powder.” but I’d defiantly do it anyway. I learned my lesson when my friends made fun of me for raccoon eyes and when I broke out severely after powdering right after PE without having wiped or washed my face.
    I agree though, I think kids these days are getting into -serious- makeup way too early. A little eyeliner, blush or lipgloss is totally fine, but I overheard a mom asking a Sephora SA for a bronzing brush for her daughter who couldn’t have been more than 10! It’s like, if she’s too young to approach the SA herself, she’s definitely too young to need it!

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    • 8/9/10 16:24 the Muse:

      amen audrey. I’m not against makeup for tweens or teens, I simply think of it as a time and place for everything. 10 and bronzer=CRAZIEE! Maybe a little gloss and blush at 12 but not at 10.

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  • 8/9/10 16:02 dangster:

    I was a late bloomer for a lot of things. I didn’t get my period until 13, didn’t wear a bra until 14, and didn’t date until I was 18.

    My (typical Asian) parents forbid makeup when I was in school, so with this and the fact that my friends were mostly male or nerdy, I never really started wearing makeup until about after college.

    I get irked too when I see young girls essentially looking and acting like adults. It’s a pretty common occurrence over here in Palo Alto, where most kids are spoiled by wealthy parents. I guess it shouldn’t be any surprise when people confuse me for a college kid or even a high schooler! (I’m 26)

    It reminds me of that episode from Sex and the City where Samantha has to put together a huge shindig for a spoiled Jewish girl’s Bat Mitzvah. The Jewish girl and her friends are only 13 but they act, dress, and talk like Samantha and her friends (who are in their 30s).

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    • 8/9/10 16:23 the Muse:

      Palo Alto mus be a breeding ground for it, no offense dangster. I imagine there is alot more pressure is such areas. We have it too here with parents spoiling their children and the likes. I’ve been confused for a high schooler myself haha :-D

      I don’t remember that episode?! ha! :-D

      I was a pretty later bloomer too. I partially blame my parents who also were strict like yours but also because it was just a very different time it feels like, being a kid was ages 0-18 and in some cases over that. Being an adult at 10 years old was NOT the norm!

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    • 8/10/10 8:18 Julia:

      That’s one other issue: When 12 year olds look like 20, us actually 20 year old girls start getting mistaken for little girls. Happens to me all the time, and it kinda annoys me, especially when I walk into a store, even a fancy one, planning on spending some money, and the clerks treat me like a teenie who doesn’t know a thing.

      Maybe we should educate something like:
      “Wearing a lot of make-up? Probably a teen.
      Looking young? In her 20s.”

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      • 8/10/10 9:08 the Muse:

        that’s a tad scary julia. we have alot of this hear and it’s a shame b/c it does get girl’s into trouble. On the other hand this happens to me alot as well, not alot of people realize how old I am and treat me like I’m a child or something in stores or even when I purchase movie tickets LOL.

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  • 8/9/10 16:21 Jo:

    I loved peel off nail varnish as a child!! I only wore make up when I was young for dance shows and maybe a bit of my mum’s lipstick for a New Year’s party I think. Then when I was 13/14 (when I got my period) I would wear a bit of eyeliner, brown mascara and clear lipgloss! I was also allowed a little bit of concealer for spots but that was it until I was 16 I reckon. I didn’t discover blusher until I was nearly 18 and I am sooo glad I did! I feel like I ‘discovered’ make up in a natural progression and for the last couple of years I have gotten a lot more into it and started playing around with it a lot more, but always aware of it looking too much. I feel I definitely look my 20 and not under 18, yet even with make up I still get asked for ID! (I’m English, so this is legal drinking :P)

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    • 8/9/10 16:25 the Muse:

      aw jo sounds like you progressed and are progressing still very nicely :D I def think kids at 10-11 wearing full out makeup is a tad nutty!

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  • 8/9/10 18:00 Candi:

    Avid lurker of the Muse haha. I’ve seen girls that are probably 14 with blackberries and such, I didn’t get my iPhone until I was 21! Though… still sharing a bill, but I do have more reasons to have a multitasking phone than someone who’s 14 and solely uses it during lunch time in High School.

    It’s probably media + parents letting the young girls get that kind of stuff. But I think if the child is still in jr high or high school where the teacher is going to confiscate it, they probably should have a less high end phone than a blackberry/iphone.

    I also didn’t get the lovely time of the month till 6th grade, boys were still gross till end of junior high and even in 7th-8th grade it was still, “OMG POKEMON!!!” Not “oh my god my boyfriend slept with jane!!!”

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    • 8/9/10 18:18 the Muse:

      god candi same here. when I start college my dad got me my first cell and at the time it was kinda absurd as no one really carried one about. I remember it was this huge ass motorola that I literally hid in my backpack b/c I thought it was embarrassing to have a cell at school. now it’s utterly the thing to HAVE.

      LOL it was OMG D&D for me for a very long time LOL! well into high school D&D was totally my thing :-D

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      • 8/9/10 18:23 Candi:

        Hahah! Yeah I remember that type of phone, the one you could play snake on it and stuff? I had that kind of phone more for emergencies or if my mom was going to be late picking me up so go to the library in the meanwhile. The fancy iPhone didn’t come till recently haha. Plus, I think if my kid got my $300+ phone confiscated and the teacher just puts it in their desk, someone steals it from desk… Kid is in huge trouble!!

        My good friend is now getting back into D&D …. I’m tempted too actually haha.

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        • 8/9/10 18:25 the Muse:

          oh dude no hun. further back than that lol! It had a led display and shiz LOL! hells yes…it would be a waste if the phone just randomly went missing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          lol go for it. D&D rocks at my age I’m still a fond fan :-D I can’t remember childhood without it!

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          • 8/9/10 18:26 the Muse:

            Candi

            PS my mum thought it was some weird occult when my friends and I would play LOL!

          • 8/9/10 18:30 Candi:

            OOOOOH MAN THAT FAR? Hahahah!! That’s crazy. Some kid in my high school had a Sidekick 1 and got it confiscated by the teacher, then put it in her non-lockable desk, and the kid would have to get it from the principal… and even then I cringed. Baha.

            Im pretty sure next time I see my friend, it’ll go down haha.

            omg occult…!! I’m sure my mom would say the same thing… she only dealt with Pokemon since its cute and stuff ha!

  • 8/9/10 18:06 Becky:

    I just turned 30 in June and my daughter is 10.. she’s definitely developing some and it kind of freaks me out. She’ll be in 5th grade this year and a huge portion of her friends wore bras in 4th grade.. 4th! I think I was in 6th or 7th. LOL

    She does like to play with makeup and knows about ‘the good stuff’ vs dollar store stuff.. but that’s totally from influence of mine. She see what I value- it’s my hobby and knows how much I love it.. plus I like putting some on her to try things out. We have a rule that she only wears it inside unless it’s like a sunday afternoon and we’re going to the store or something.. it’s not the end of the world. Know what I mean.. I’m not sure what age I’ll let her wear a little to school. Maybe Jr. High?

    We do have a “family phone” that she mostly uses.. we haven’t had a land line since she was a baby and it was cheaper to add her onto our family plan vs. getting a landline. She’s old enough to be home for a bit by herself and needs a phone for ‘just in case’. Because we’ve only had cells, she knows not to blab on and on and we have unlimited text (I check her texts). Also, I like her to take it to friends homes.. I can text her if I need to know what she’s doing, etc. Times are just different.. I never thought I’d be one to let my young daughter use one but she’s responsible and I can’t imagine not having it now. Who would have thought…

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    • 8/9/10 18:16 the Muse:

      god becky I must have been positively ancient when I got my 1st bra compared to these kids :-D

      I think it’s healthy to let her play around a little bit and it’s way cute you share your hobby and passion with her but I respect you as a mum for not letting her out of the house wearin’ a full face of makeup phew!

      It’s definitely a brand new era so it’s kinda hard to relate sometimes. I don’t think I’m that old but I still feel like things have evolved oh so quickly in today’s society. I embrace technology like any good geek but lord knows it fascinates me that at 10 kids are texting and chatting on cells, dunno why but I’ll prob never get used to it.

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  • 8/9/10 18:15 Tracy:

    Looks like I’m the first mom of a teen here to get in on the action.
    My daughter is about to turn 17 years old next week-she’s in grade 12 this year. Yikes!!
    When she was little, I’d buy her some lip smackers and if we were in the US on holidays I’d let her get some lip balms at Sephora. But I don’t think she ever wore them to school to tell you the truth.
    She got her period just before she turned twelve. Most of her friends had their’s already. I remember they got a talk about it in health class in grade 4. She started wearing eyeliner in grade 8. She started wearing eyeshadow and blush in grade 10, and now she wears mineral foundation and concealer too. Mascara is one thing that doesn’t agree with her.
    She didn’t have a cell phone until grade 9 and then it was only for an emergency. She doesn’t have an iPhone either-what for? She has an iPod already. And I pretty much always know where she’s at.
    My daughter has never really dressed provacatively-but I guess mini skirts would be in that category. But when else can you wear a mini skirt without looking like you’re too old for one? She ALWAYS wears tights with her skirts anyways-no matter what. She has pink hair and dresses more alternatively-kind of punk/mod/girly I’d say.
    I’ve never really let her hang around in malls-that’s one way they get into trouble in my opinion. Her friends are good kids -they’re idea of a good time is going to someone’s house to play Wii Fit or see a movie.
    We are very close and have a good relationship. She’s a really good kid-honors student, and still communicates with me.We have a good talk every day about what’s going on in her life. I’m lucky. I do think when you have a teen that spending time with them is crucial. I see so many teens left alone a lot and have so much freedom to do whatever they want al the time. No way I say. I guess I’m stricter than the norm.

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    • 8/9/10 18:23 the Muse:

      tracy doesn’t sound strict to me sounds like a damn good mom. she sounds like she progressed beautiful and is turning into a great adult thanks to you. :-D I don’t have a prob in the least with pink hair, bring it :-D hehe! I see less of a threat with pink hair than I do with short shorts that bare all :-D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She sounds on the geek side as well which is always a good ground for kids as they aren’t doing stuff they shouldn’t be and just enjoying a good movie or wii is perfectly awesome as far as I’m concerned. I agree with about malls and such. I can understand them wanting to hang out and the likes but the first time I went to the mall “alone” was when I was in the 9th grade and even than my mum dropped me off and proceeded to wander the mall around and we set a time when we’d meet back up. I remember my friends and I would be picked up by mother, we’d go to the mall, and my mum would be there as well just not on the same level or stores, etc…..she’d explain we needed to be back at 4-5 or whatever and we’d meet back up with her. I’m shocked to see girl’s that are obviously young purchasing panties and such in Victoria’s Secret by themselves. Seriously?! WTH is that about?!

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    • 8/9/10 21:01 Storm:

      You sound like my mom! Kudos! Because I have the BEST MUM IN THE WORLD and to be compared to her is spot on! :-D

      My friends and I were a lot like your daughter and her friends. I wore full makeup in high school (minus blush…) You sound like you’re doing a fantastic job. And thank you for doing so :-)

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      • 8/10/10 13:50 Tracy:

        Thanks Storm! :) Your Mom sounds fantastic too!

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        • 8/11/10 18:53 Storm:

          She seriously is. My mom is 100% my hero. My 15 year old self would roll her eyes if she heard me now! HAHAHAHA I tell my high school students, “Bah, it is an age thing”

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  • 8/9/10 18:34 Tracy:

    Gee thanks Muse. :) She is a bit on the geek side-just like her mom! :)
    I didn’t let her go to a mall by herself either until I think Grade 9 and I did the same as your mom-dropped her off and walked the mall myself too.
    My daughter would never shop for undies with her friends-she thinks that’s TMI hahaha.

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    • 8/10/10 15:30 the Muse:

      aw geeks breeding geeks thank you tracy for keeping the race going LOL :-D ha sounds like a smart kid to me :D

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  • 8/9/10 18:57 Bianca:

    I did hit puberty at 8, but I was no where near overweight. Now, I’m a little bigger, but I’m curvy and aren’t obese. I hate when people claim that I grew up too fast because I’m “bigger” than others when I’m actually not that different. It really bugs me. But yeah, I did get into makeup younger than a lot of girls, but never at sephora. Just bonne bell :) Now, I’m 16 and I think i act right for my age, so it doesn’t matter when I hit puberty, because I am fine now.

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  • 8/9/10 19:27 Eli:

    I’m really feeling strange about those girls, hanging around with tons of makeup on. Their faces look so strange, and it’s not normal. Makeup is not that harmless, and I wonder what these girls would look like when they’re 30… And besides, they have parents who should control that, where are those parents?! I think this isn’t about getting mature, most girls aren’t mature even at 20 now, so it’s about looking like that movie star,… which is gross, and really wrong, right?!

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  • 8/9/10 19:45 Rachel:

    I think the other thing that’s messed up is that these girls are exposed to so much sexual imagery, but parents don’t want to talk to their kids about sex! I’m in college now and so many of the girls i know were told by their parents, “sex is a sin, don’t do it. that’s all you need to know.” sooooo messed up! if you convince kids that sex is awful and terrible they’re going to express their developing sexuality in awful and terrible ways! girls aren’t taught how to express their sexuality in an appropriate and healthy way, all they know is to completely repress it, or how to act like a slut. come on people, find a middle ground!

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    • 8/10/10 9:34 the Muse:

      mm rachel my mum was always the guilty party when it came to sex. She was very open about it when I was considerably older but as a child it was kinda a taboo topic and we never discussed it. She did tell me about my period and such but actually intercourse wasn’t something up for discussion lol that was left to sexually education in the 9th grade. I think it would have killed my mother to discuss sex with her 14 year old daughter lol!

      But yes, parents def are embarrassed or just not interested in discussing sex with their kids but nowadays it’s probably something that really DOES need to be addressed like it or not.

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  • 8/9/10 19:52 Amber:

    I am 15 years old, and I began wearing makeup regularly to school when I was about 13. It was only eyeliner and mascara, poorly applied as it may have been, it was only those two products. I also started getting extremely bad acne at the age of 11. At that age, not only did I not care about makeup, I was forbidden by my mom. Once I got older, and was allowed to wear makeup, I became frustrated at my acne and invested in a neutrogena foundation that was meant to help prevent acne. My acne wasn’t just going to be cleared by 2% salycilic acid (I am on two extremely high strength prescription meds now and I still get acne / blackheads like crazy) but it made me more confident knowing my skin looked even slightly better. It frustrates me when people in their 20’s or 30’s, with maybe one spot of discoloration or dark circles complain about teens wearing foundation. They claim teenagers have perfect skin. Many do, but many adults that wear full coverage foundations do as well. Granted, teenagers aren’t as smart about their color matching / blending / etc, but does simply being 20 vs 14 give you more of a right to have good skin? I’ve come to accept that my skin sucks, and I have given up foundation regularly for the time being (i still wear it for theater(obviously), dances, special occastions, etc), but I feel as if a teen has bad skin, then there is nothing wrong with them wanting to cover it up! Go look up beauty gurus on youtube. 90% of them have skin that any person who has ever had cystic acne (including myself) would die for. Yet, they wear primer, full coverage foundation, concealer, and powder – the whole 9 yards! – plus blush, bronzer, highlighter, contour, plus 5 different eyeshadows, liner, mascara — need i go on? If they can wear that much without getting criticized by (every) adult, why is it fair that a teenager wearing foundation, powder, mascara and liner gets criticized? I’m not saying I promote 10 year olds wearing makeup (my sister began wearing makeup when she was 10, my mom got less strict about it once i began wearing it. she looked/looks (shes 11 now) ridiculous), but I think it is unfair that teens get bashed for wearing makeup.

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    • 8/9/10 20:04 Amber:

      Also – as far as criticizing teens for applying makeup poorly – most adults will apply makeup poorly when they are just beginning with it. It may not be as bad as a young teenager, but trust me, I’ve seen some pretty poorly done makeup on teachers, friends parents, etc. Learning to apply makeup when you’re younger could be a good thing, as there is more of a chance that a person will be able to apply it correctly when they enter the ‘real, adult world’

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      • 8/9/10 20:11 the Muse:

        Hi Amber,

        No one mentioned anything about poorly applied makeup on teens or criticized teen application skills, how to apply, or their techniques. We are simply discussing the age of girls and if they are growing up too soon. Nothing was mentioned about poor makeup skills in this post or the comments.

        please read and you’ll understand the post and comments a bit better.

        It’s simply a matter of age and how early is to early for makeup, sex, boys, and such.

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    • 8/9/10 20:18 the Muse:

      Hi again Amber.

      I’m sorry to hear about your acne. We’ve all been there at one time and if not acne something else that bothered us about our youth. It’s a trying time for many of us and no one gets out of it not hating at least one thing about themselves and/or having one or several problems during the time. I had an extremely oily forehead which resulted in pimples on my forehead constantly, totally took ages to clear up.

      No one is complaining about teens wearing makeup b/c they have perfect skin. I think perhaps you misunderstood the post. It’s a matter of how soon is too soon for younger girls to take the adventure into womanhood. I’m quite liberal but I honestly do not agree with 10 or 11 year olds wearing full makeup or even eyeliner for that matter out and about on the streets. It’s a tad young imho.

      If your foundation makes you feel better that’s always a good thing. You’re of an age where your skin is important and it being perfect is not really so far from many a teenage wish. It will get there, just give it time.

      I believe many beauty gurus on youtube are considerably older than the children, tweens, and teens we are discussing here. This isn’t so much about how much you wear or why you wear it but about the age you’re going out in public wearing it or for that matter simply growing up.

      I hope you’ll re-read this and understand a bit better as NO ONE is bashing anyone here. We are simply discussing and expressing our opinion of when we think it’s a good time to start wearing makeup and when ourselves started wearing it. We aren’t all in full adult mode here, myself included haha, we are all from different walks of life, some single, some married, some with kids, some without, some teenagers, etc….for example Marina is going to be a senior this year and expresses herself in a very adult manner in her conversation with us all.

      So honestly. take a moment to read through the comments and you’ll see no one is bashing anyone but we are rather thoughtful in how teens are growing up so quickly nowadays.

      It’s def a different generation :)

      Good luck with your skin! I know it’ll turn out fine. It just takes a little time :D

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      • 8/9/10 21:09 Storm:

        Amber: I had a friend who has the same skin issues that you do. Something happened between her junior and senior year and it was completely cleared. I think she went on a medication, but I also know that the jr/senior year is when the hormones balance out. They did for me, anyway. Good luck with your skin, hun!

        And you’re right–when I was 12/13 and started wearing foundation, I was horrible at it. There is a serious learning curve when it comes to makeup.

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        • 8/10/10 0:38 LorraineER:

          I second that there’s a learning curve! I had no older sisters or anyone to help me learn either and it was awhile before I figured out how to really do my face right. At least if you’re in the same position now you can learn from youtube and beauty blogs and such. Shoot, I sound like an old lady !! “Back in my day we had to learn from other people, we didn’t have them newfangled youtubers!….*puts her dentures back in*

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      • 8/10/10 10:40 Amber:

        Ahh sorry – it may have seemed like I was coming at you. I didn’t mean it in that way at all. Many people argue that an age such as 12 or 13 is too young to wear makeup. And (again), not to be coming at you, but you said it yourself: “perhaps 15 but not 11 not 12 and not 13..that’s just a little too young.”, on the blog about how old you were when you started getting into makeup. This was actually more of a response to that ahah.. but since that was posted a few months ago I thought I’d post it here instead. I was trying to argue why a young teen may wear makeup, not just because they want to grow up. And I also wanted to show how some teens are the ones that “need” makeup (bad skin, lack of sleep from school resulting in bags, etc) more than adults.

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        • 8/10/10 10:43 the Muse:

          ah amber little confusion sorry. You should have posted on that thread :-D I’d have replied, no worries if it was an old post my dear!

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  • 8/9/10 21:55 Lauren S.:

    I didn’t get a cell phone until my sophomore year in college. I couldn’t afford sephora until I was 24 and my parents sure as heck weren’t about to let me drop over 5$ on makeup when I lived at home. I remember having to sneak wearing mascara and red lip gloss in high school. My mom caught me one time and I told her I just had a red lollipop.

    Dang, I’m starting to sound like my dad…back in my day, walk to school in the snow, carry books with a strap, uphill both ways, etc. But for real these tweens are taking over the world!

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    • 8/10/10 9:30 the Muse:

      LOL Lauren great excuse, red lollipop :-D LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL omg I think I sound like my dad too LOL “I had to walk to school without shoes…” LOL!

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  • 8/9/10 23:11 Ellie:

    Hey there! Been following this super cool blog for awhile, but never commented before. Wave to the newcomer. Anyway, I myself am a teenager (17), and do indeed think kids are growing up way too fast. I don’t have a HUGE problem with younger(er) girls wearing makeup, but it’s the way some of them are pressured into looking a certain way by their peers. When I was only about 13, all the girls around me would wear makeup and tight clothes and shortshorts… except for me. And you know what? I got rejected because I didn’t feel mature enough for that yet! (and my parents had some common sense, but anyway…) I distinctly remember them caking makeup on my face and saying things like “Wow, see, you actually look good!” “You’re pretty now!” What, like I couldn’t be accepted before? Don’t even get me started on relationships. I think that’s an even bigger deal. I’m shocked to find girls a good number of years younger than me who are sexually active, while I myself am oftenttimes looked down on because I am not. Heck, I never even had a boyfriend until about a year ago. Kids are not allowed to be innocent nowadays. If they are innocent, they’re mocked. Or seen as freaks. Either way, it’s INCREDIBLY sad.

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    • 8/10/10 9:29 the Muse:

      *waves* hi Ellie lol.. Thanks for following and great to meet you. Be yourself Ellie. It might hurt being yourself but don’t be afraid of being just that. If more kids embraced that it would cause a hell of alot more problems. Sounds like you’re progressing just fine to me. *hugs* Your parents sound like they are raising you the right way :) And I honestly don’t see a problem with having your first bf at 17 :)

      It’s rather sad that kids mock others for simply being a kid. sheesh.

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      • 8/10/10 16:49 Ellie:

        Aww, thanks! Yeah, my life is a lot less complicated and a lot more enjoyable because I didn’t get involved in too much “stuff” at too young of an age. The whole rejection issue is well behind me BECAUSE I didn’t fall for what everybody else wanted. So no worries now :)

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  • 8/9/10 23:26 Hannah:

    I’m 14 (as of tomorrow) and I do wear makeup… It’s generally very light, and personally, I think of it as more of something fun to do rather than “oh I always have to look perfect!” I just like playing around with different products, and generally for school, I really only wear like some eyeliner, mascara occasionally, a really sheer coverage foundation just for some redness because I like the consistency and it doesn’t break my skin out (and the packaging’s adorable :D) blush and lip gloss, which sounds like a lot, but it doesn’t really take me more than 5 minutes. If I’m going somewhere important, I’ll wear eyeshadow or a little bronzer during the summer, but I really think of makeup as something for fun. I do shop at Sephora, but not like crazy amounts of money (I generally won’t buy a product if it’s over $25 or so). I started wearing lip gloss (like lip smackers) and the rare as in like once a year) eyeshadow or blush when I was in 5th grade or so. In 6th, I would occasionally wear a light lipstick, and towards the end of the year I started with mascara. 7th, I started with eyeliner, occasional bronzer (during the summer). 8th, I started wearing a light foundation, occasional concealer. That’s kind of the norm for my school/town. My parents never really said I couldn’t wear makeup, they’d just suggest I didn’t if we were going somewhere where it wouldn’t be a great idea. Also, most of the girls I go to school with wear much more than I do, and in that case, I find it pointless. But if you’re doing it for fun, and you aren’t going crazy, then I think its fine. I guess I started at a young age with makeup, but I’ve always kinda loved playing around with it. When I was really little (like 6 or 7) I remember me and my friends used to get these like plastic makeup palattes and I would always be disappointed, because half the time, It wasn’t even real makeup… haha(:

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  • 8/10/10 1:04 kali:

    I definitely think girls are growing up too fast. Today I saw a girl (no older than 10) buying makeup at Sephora too! Goodness sakes, they really don’t need to be dropping 100s of dollars on their faces at 10 years old. It’s just so disturbing seeing little girls wearing full on makeup -powder, heavy eyeliner, concealer, lipgloss, mascara, etc. at that age. They don’t understand that they DON’T NEED that heavy makeup and at that age, they don’t even have acne or imperfections to cover up.

    This whole thing really scares me actually. My little sister (9 years old) started asking me a few months ago about periods, pads, tampons, etc. and it FREAKED me out so much. Agh.. kids are just growing up too fast.

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    • 8/10/10 9:15 the Muse:

      agreed kali. I see it too. VERY young to wear lipstick and such. But it seems to be the new tween era. Lord, when I was young we didn’t even know what TWEEN meant LOL. The word didn’t exist. At 9 I honestly didn’t even know what menstruating was. I was too busy just being a kid to worry about tampons, PHEW!

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  • 8/10/10 1:14 TayTay:

    Haha I’m the exact opposite (im 17 going on 18 btw) ’09-’10 was my first full year of having my period; I was a late bloomer and was definitely self-concious about it, all the girls in like 6-7th grade always talked about bras, having their periods and using tampons and wore a ton of makeup, i felt outta place n stopped hanging around girls and had more guy friends

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    • 8/10/10 9:13 the Muse:

      aw taytay nothing at all wrong with that!!!!!!! Don’t make girl’s feel like you’re out of place b/c you aren’t! :)

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  • 8/10/10 1:51 Sarah:

    I may be a little late replying to this but oh well. I got my period when I was 9 1/2. I’m 14 1/2 now and have had it consistently for years. I was educated before and honestly a little eager for it, I have no clue why now though. When I did actually get my period I called my mom in to the bathroom showed her and she told me it was my period and I was just kind of like “oh whatever” because I knew what it was. In 4th grade I was also fully grown. I had size 9 feet and I was 5’3. Still am. I liked developing earlier, saved the embarrassment for middle school and high school. It was a pain changing my pad at elementary school though.

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  • 8/10/10 3:20 Eunji:

    i got my period in 7th grade, right around my 13th bday, which was pretty normal then. i’m 19, turning 20 this year and i JUST got interested in makeup because of the summer job that i had, which was selling cosmetics at a macy’s.

    before, i didn’t care for makeup and felt that that stuff was for girls/women who are vain… now i realize that it’s a way to just have fun and make yourself feel better, whether or not someone notices, although it’s nice when someone does!

    i’m just starting to build my makeup collection and i’m hoping to learn more and make it a reasonable collection as the months/years go by.

    i think that if i have daughters, i will let them have a phone starting in 8th/9th grade, when i got mine, and let them start wearing makeup when they feel comfortable and can spend their own money on it :)

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    • 8/10/10 9:10 the Muse:

      that’s about me eunji. 7th grade and I had just turned 12 or so I believe. Oh that must be fun for you! I think that’s a rather fab job to have in your 20’s :-D You’re very liberal :) I seem to be a tad more stricter especially with cell.

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  • 8/10/10 8:01 Julia:

    I’m right there with you!
    I live in Japan atm, and I see girls dressed like Suri Cruise (including high heels) and even dyed hair sometimes.
    Also, just yesterday I saw a girl crossing the street without even looking because she was busy typing on her cell phone.
    Of course, for safety reasons, kids might need a cell phone today, but that wasn’t safe!

    I was always a littler late, I feel, and still played with Playmobil in middle school. (Hell, I still play Pokémon now!)
    Got my period at 12, but I was a really skinny kid. (Why did that have to change? ;___; ) My Mum says she got her at 9, because she was a bit on the thicker side. So I’m guessing your theory is right.

    But yeah, the water. I’ve been kidding before that Japanese sink water must have female hormones in it, because the guys act so… girly. On the other hand, many women lack a “female” kind of body.

    Anyway, girls growing up to fats is scary! I was teaching English to a middle school girl back in Germany who looked older than me and had more guy stories going on that I ever had! O.o
    Please, you’re only a child once, enjoy that!

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    • 8/10/10 8:34 the Muse:

      first off Julia, I love you for taking such a big step to live in Japan and attend university. It must be amazing. The longest I’ve stayed there was two months and it was such an experience :-D Jeepers all those suri cruise lookalikes scare me LOL!!!!!! Truly it’s not only kids with the texting people driving don’t pay attention while texting!!!!!!!!!!

      LOL I really LOVE Japanese men, let them keeping drinking that water because truly they are GORGEOUS :-D haha!

      I think many Asian girls are naturally petite and run on the smaller size. Lucky generics I suppose :) I agree, sigh, truly they are aging way too quickly. Would love it if they took a sec to breath and enjoy childhood.

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      • 8/10/10 8:44 Julia:

        Thank you! I’m getting a whole of support from the university, so I am doing fine. I do miss German bread, though. >___<

        Some guys are really gorgeous, but many are so freaking chicken! There's this line my Japanese friend taught me: "Do you even have a thingy?"

        Many Asian girls are very beautiful. I hope they're not destryoing their beauty with too early playing around – like tanning! I can see young girls tan to make their sunscreen-obsessed, parasol-wearing mothers freak out.

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        • 8/10/10 9:01 the Muse:

          that’s incredible Julia you should be real proud of yourself :-D LOL! :-D

          I agree, Asian women are very pretty, very exotic looking :-D I’m really shocked to hear that lol as many older Asians are def into having brighter, whiter skin :D!

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          • 8/10/10 9:05 Julia:

            I try not to boast too much. xD

            I’m just assuming. I mean, there was a ganguro movement some years ago, where they all tanned like crazy, so it might happen again.
            If it would, I’d be really sad. See, I’m obsessed about sun screen. And I’m always happy when they compliment my white skin.
            Well, yearning for white skin too much isn’t a good thing, either, I guess – just be happy with the colour you are, as long as it’s healthy.

          • 8/10/10 9:07 the Muse:

            oh I fear I’m obsessed with whitening/brightening haha I’m the same. SPF myself to death. I’m one for naturally tanning easily and it bugs me terribly b/c I simply hate it. Oh ganguro remind me of bad Paris Hilton lookalikes haha!

  • 8/10/10 9:09 Julia:

    I never tanned in my whole life. My skin is really white, and I burn or, even worse, get red bumps all over if I’m outside too much, just from the heat.
    My friends make fun of me for wearing sun screen all the time, but now one of them got brown spots on her face, and suddenly, they all apply sun screen. Hard not to say, “told ya so!”

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    • 8/10/10 14:09 the Muse:

      lol julia good on you spread the word of proper SPF and sunscreen protection hehe!

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  • 8/10/10 9:59 Wendy:

    I’ve seen articles on this in the past and have always been concerned. I hit puberty right after I turned 12 and freaked out because my mom never talked to me about periods or tampons or anything… so I thought something was wrong with me. It was really traumatizing — but my mom also would never have let me go out of the house in some things I’ve seen girls wearing.
    As stated above — it’s a little ridiculous. But you know what’s funny? I’m 23 and go shopping, and can barely find shorts that aren’t booty shorts… and what’s with this new trend of short dresses? My god, I’m short and have to wear leggings under most of them! I think that’s part of the issue — I’m seeing short shorts and tiny dresses being sold everywhere. If that’s what’s available to the girls, they buy it. I do think it’s parenting as well… people just don’t want to argue anymore. They feel like “every other kid is doing it” and they don’t want their child throwing a fit at them. Discipline them! Quit giving them everything they want!
    /endrant. I’m never having children.

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  • 8/10/10 15:18 TK:

    I work at a daycare and today my co-workers and I were having the same conversation. We have some girls that have hit puberty before middle school and they hardly seem like they are coping. It’s hard for me to cope with the hormone changes that they go through as well! Lucky for me I didn’t hit puberty until I was in 8th grade (13 years old I think). Going through puberty as a girl is hard enough to cope with whether you’re a late or early bloomer (I know I thought that there was something wrong with me because all my friends were early bloomers). But watching the girls at daycare I feel really bad because there really is nothing I can do for them. It’s just a shame that they can’t even enjoy being children.

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  • 8/10/10 16:36 Stephanie:

    I started wearing heavy makeup around 6, but only at dance competitions b/c i needed stage makeup and i took it off right after because i HATED it lol. I started wearing makeup on a daily basis during 7th grade, a full face of foundation everyday (no liner or blush or lipstick) because i started breaking out REALLY BADLY (lots of acne, 25+ pimples most of the time). I was so upset all the time because girls would always be saying ‘ah, i look horrible, i didnt have time to put on makeup this morning!’ and they’d have flawless skin. It just wasnt fair :(.

    My skin did get better when i went with a derm and now im in the 8th grade and wear a some shadow,very light foundation (i put on a very thin layer) and concealer to cover spots (ocasionally natural mate plummy lipstick and mascara). I like looking presentable but not trashy raccoon-eyed-superglossy-overly-powdered like other girls at my school. Just classy and simple. I think girls should keep makeup very minimal when they’re young, or as minimal as they feel they can get away with.

    So idk, it sounds silly to wear a full face of foundation every day at 12-13, but i did (and i was extremely careful to remove it every night) but as for the heavy liner and overly blushed face lots of young girls sport? NO.

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  • 8/10/10 19:47 Stavroula Plag:

    I was chatting with Irene (pinkiecharm from youtube in case you know her) about this the other day! You see 11 year old girls having MAC brushes and uploading videos on youtube or talking like they’re 30 years old ! Helloooooooo, at the age of 11 you should be out playing with your friends and not acting like you’re much older! I SERIOUSLY dislike that!! I don’t have any kids yet, but when I do, I won’t want them to be like that! Kids should be kids and they should enjoy their childhood! Right?Right!

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    • 8/10/10 19:49 Stavroula Plag:

      Oh and I got my first period when I was 12, which I thought was a bit early, so I can’t imagine girls younger than that having their period!

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      • 8/11/10 18:56 Storm:

        Depending on your age NOW, I think 12 a pretty standard age. Most of my friends and I got ours in sixth grade and we’re all in out 20s. My mom got her’s when she was 12 too.

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  • 8/10/10 21:40 kenzie.:

    Oooh, I’m a bit late at replying, but I was out of town when this was posted.

    I’m 15. I started wearing makeup at 13, and that was just lipgloss and mascara. I started my period at 11, and I started wearing a (sports) bra at age 8 or so. (I was a chunky kid. Now I’m a curvy teen. :D) I got my first phone at 12, only because I was on the swim team, tennis team, and golf team, and it was weird to get everything coordinated with my ‘rents.

    I definitely think kids are growing up too soon. I see 9 or 10 year olds running around Carowinds (amusement park owned by Cedar Point in Charlotte, NC) by themselves, and I’m not allowed to be there alone til I’m 16. I also see 9 or 10 year olds picking out mesh thongs in VS, and booty shorts at Abercrombie.

    The other day I was in ULTA looking for the UD Naked palette, and a group of girls that couldn’t have been older than 11 grabbed the last three that were there, opened them up, and messed them up. Do they not realize that there are testers there for a reason?!? Then they gathered up their basket that had to have hundreds of dollars of high-end makeup and their moms paid for it!! I was like, WTF?

    And my baby cousin (she was like, 6 at the time) was talking about how she wanted a padded bra like her friends!! She has one that’s heavily padded now that she’s 10 **inserteeye-rollhere** and flat as a board. She also has a drawer full of thongs. Which *I* don’t wear. Nor do any of my friends.

    Anyways, I don’t get what happened to kids being kids? I was running around when I was 10/11/12, not harrassing the makeup in ULTA or Sephora and buying padded bras and thongs and booty shorts.

    No me gusta nada!

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  • 8/11/10 13:22 Fuuka:

    Children are growing up to fast in America from what I have seen at least. I don’t remember being allowed to wear a bikini before high school(now they make them for babies!–>Pedophile magnet peoples!) I think it also may be all the chemicals in food, and just about everything else that we are being exposed to nowadays.

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