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The Pink Book

The Pink Book

Hi, my name is Belinda and I’m an alcoholic mum of tweens. Two of them. Girls. Can you feel me? Now don’t get me wrong for one minute. My girls are as physically beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. And they do actually like each other more than they don’t. It’s just that tween hormones have recently moved into my ranch and, woah, no one did a proper tenant history check before we landlords signed on that agreement.

A year or so ago, Miss 11.5 received a hand-me-down copy of “the pink book” from her beloved and ever-thoughtful Aunty M. “The pink book” is that helpful to me that outlines all the (literally) hairy details about puberty for girls. It sat on our family bookshelf for ages before Miss 11.5 decided it was, in fact, time for her to read it. This was about the same time that hormones came for their first real estate inspection AND the same time her school held its Year 6 ‘birds and the bees’ educational session. Talk about planets aligning. You can imagine there have been loads of curly questions and eyes like dinner plates in recent weeks as we’ve negotiated topics like where tampons actually go and what the outside bits of a girl’s private bits are technically called. Hubby conveniently removes himself from the room when his impending-puberty-topic radar starts blipping. Poor bugger. It is quite the family of girls here – even the dog is a bitch. I can’t even imagine how much garbage-putting-out and checking- something-in-the-shed he’ll be doing when we hit the teen years. What I do know is that no one taught me about the tween years when I was doing antenatal classes. But they should have.

About The Author

Belinda Glindemann

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.

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