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Episode 112: Early Puberty and Its Impact on Mental Health with Dr. Sheryl Ziegler

Brief summary of show:

In this episode, Dr. Sheryl Ziegler joins me to talk about puberty and its impact on children's mental health.

Dr. Zeigler is a renowned expert in the field, who shares her insights on the first signs of puberty in both boys and girls. We discuss the crucial connection between puberty and mental health, providing valuable tips to support kids during this transitional period. Additionally, we explore effective approaches from an educational perspective, including identifying signs of puberty in your child and the importance of parental self-education.

Dr. Ziegler is a therapist, author, media contributor, instructor and speaker. She has appeared as a mental health expert in 100+ news related shows including The Today Show with Megyn Kelly, The Katie Couric Show, The Jenny McCarthy Show, The Doctors, CNN, Headline News Weekend Express with Lynn Smith, Morning Express with Robin Meade, and more. Articles she has contributed to have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, TIME, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Real Simple, Huffington Post and more.

Her book has been translated into several different languages. She is an international speaker in countries including Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Australia.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • [2:45] Dr. Sheryl's background

  • [5:50] First signs of puberty in both boys and girls

  • [7:50] The connection between puberty and mental health

  • [10:55] Tips to help kids through puberty

  • [19:20] How to approach this from an education perspective

  • [20:30] Signs your child is in puberty

  • [24:40] Educating yourself as a parent

  • [27:40] Limiting exposure to social media and being online

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