Simplifying Science

The Endless Cell Phone Debate

I Practice What I Preach. Which Often Doesn’t Thrill My Kids.

So this month, when my son started middle school, he was pretty sure he was getting a phone. But he’s 12. And in sixth grade. And my rule – which my husband and I agreed upon years ago and which I speak about fairly publicly given the data about screen use among kids – is that you don’t get a phone before you are 13. READ MORE

Connecting Obvious Dots: Unhealthy Living and Bad Grades

The other night, my 14-year old daughter was craving something desserty after dinner. We usually have something sweet to graze on in the house, particularly because I am big on moderation but not on deprivation. She searched the fridge, the freezer, and the pantry, threw up her hands and proclaimed, “I hate that we’re healthy!” We all cracked up because we’ve all been there. Maybe, though, if she had read this article, she would have worded her complaints slightly differently. Then again, dessert doesn’t make this article’s list. PS Yes, I just replenished the ice cream supply.

CDC: Unhealthy behavior and bad grades linked for high schoolers

There’s a link between unhealthy behavior and bad grades, according to a new study of high school students by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study doesn’t show that one causes the other, the authors said. But it underlines that good grades are far from just a matter of intelligence.... READ MORE

Girl Talk... Because with All of My Boy Content Lately, I've Missed It!

Even though I am deep in it with boys these days, I haven’t forgotten about the girls! Puberty is human, after all. Thanks, Your Teen for Parents Mag, for the great interview and putting this info out into the world. 

Talking About Periods: Don’t Leave Your Daughter Unprepared

Growing up, talking about periods wasn’t really a thing. My mother and I didn’t discuss menstruation. In fact, I learned the basics from a combination of my preteen friends, a dreadful 20-minute lecture in health class by the female gym teacher, and Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Read More

Listen now: Life of Dad Show Interviews Dr. Cara

PODCAST host, Art Eddy talks with Dr. Cara Natterson about her latest book, Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys. Guy Stuff provides boys with the answers that will help them take care of themselves better, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to shaving, acne to voice changes, and everything in between. With tips, how-tos, and facts from a real pediatrician, it’s the perfect book to help boys learn about their body’s changes.

One More Review... Because I Couldn't Help It (Thanks TIME Magazine!)

I am not the type to post a slew of positive reviews, but I couldn't help it. Thank you, TIME Magazine, for recounting the amazing history of "The Care and Keeping" series and placing "Guy Stuff" on par.  

This Classic Puberty Book for Girls Is Now Getting a Boy Edition

In 1998, American Girl accomplished something truly remarkable: the doll company published a puberty book that girls actually liked.

For many girls born in the last 30 years, The Care and Keeping of You has been a bible of awkward adolescence. Aimed at girls aged 8 to 12, it used a conversational tone and relatable illustrations to talk girls through everything from basic hygiene to the more pubic side of puberty. Girls kept copies of the book close at hand READ MORE...

GUY STUFF Launches... and the AP Raves. YAY!

Thank you to Leanne Italie and the Associated Press for the early praise for Guy Stuff. This was a true labor of love - I am so excited to put it out into the world. Take home message: boy puberty and girl puberty aren't as different as everyone might think, and boys deserve to be included in the conversation. Welcome, boys!

Doctor who wrote 'The Care & Keeping of You' offers boy book

NEW YORK (AP) — Attention boys: You will grow taller, sprout hair, sweat more, develop muscles, fight breakouts, acquire deeper voices and experience changes to your private parts.

And those are just the basics!

Dr. Cara Natterson, the pediatrician and Los Angeles mom who has connected with millions of young girls through her...READ MORE

Boys Will Be Boys... Because We Reinforce It

Spoiler alert: I have a boy book on the way. It's called Guy Stuff, and it's the boy version of my series The Care and Keeping of You. I have spent the last year submerged deeply in the world of boy development - partially thanks to the book and partially thanks to the existence of a now-12-year old boy under my own roof. This article says so much about how we socialize our boys to withhold emotional expression. Hopefully, Guy Stuff will give them - and their parents - some tools to reverse this. 

Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls

At a Father’s Day breakfast, my 5-year-old son and his classmates sang a song about fathers, crooning about “my dad who’s big and strong” and “fixes things with his hammer” and, above all else, “is really... Read More