Dr. Carrie Leff is a practicing Internist and Pediatrician in Michigan. She is passionate about Adolescent and Women's health. Dr. Leff is on a mission to educate teens about their bodies and to help parents become more comfortable with difficult conversations with their kids. She is the mother of 3 daughters, a professional multi-tasker and a believer in the power of women.
Dr. Leff co-wrote Celebrate Your Body 2: The Ultimate Puberty Book for Preteen and Teen Girls in 2019. It is a #1 Best seller in in Teen & Young Adult Health Books on Sexuality & Pregnancy on Amazon.
We met at the ISSWSH conference March 2022 in Texas – we were both giving lectures.
“Mommy, I feel like you wrote this book just for me” – Dr. Leff’s daughter
Why she wrote this book and created a program about puberty?
How puberty is like menopause.
She discusses when puberty starts and what first signs are.
What does an all-American puberty education in a public school look like?
“Talking to your kids should be 30 one minute conversations, not one 30 minute conversation” – Dr. Leff
“Our kids aren’t connecting puberty and sex unless we make that connection for them” – Dr. Leff
If you can’t/won’t discuss puberty with your kids then you are teaching them that you aren’t a resource for this information.
I love how you call private parts “personal parts” – why is this important?
So many middle aged women have body shame – when does this start?
How she found out her book was banned.
Consent – example of trying a shirt on at a store - - so important – many middle age women don’t practice consent.
How to close the orgasm gap by 2040 – her plan
A golden question, “how will you know you are ready to have sex?”
Moms buying teens their first vibrators – thoughts and her experience
You didn’t bring up birth control – when to bring it up, how to bring it up, resources for adults.
You wrote an op-ed for the Washington post about your book getting banned: “Some parents believe that telling children the truth about sex and our bodies will spoil their innocence. But innocence and ignorance are not the same.”
Celebrate Your Body 2 Book: https://amzn.to/3dLZzc7
Did you get the You Are Not Broken Book Yet? https://amzn.to/3p18DfK
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