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Nov 22, 2006

Daughter shaving legs the least of this mom’s worry

Dear Straight Talk: I felt badly for the 7th grade girl whose mom didn’t want her to shave until 8th grade. My daughters started shaving in 6th grade and though I didn’t want them to, it was important for them to feel comfortable around their peers. When I think about what some mothers let their young daughters do, shaving is the least of my worries. –Auburn Mom

Dear Auburn Mom: Since most middle schools start in 6th grade, the social pressure to begin shaving in 6th grade can be enormous. I think it’s too young for most girls, many of whom have barely started puberty, and I wish that pressure wasn’t there. However, a child who is happy socially is more successful at facing the peer pressures that matter.


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