Have you noticed in recent decades that girls are advancing into puberty at an earlier and earlier age? Sometimes, girls are developing breast as young as seven! There is new research that explains why this is happening.
As indicated in earlier research, girls who reach puberty early are more likely to have sex as teenagers, thus having children sooner. This also puts them at risk for contracting a STD.
While this news is sobering to say the least, Mother Nature has good intentions. According to new findings, a large group of nearly 400 girls were studied over a spans of 15 years (birth to age 15) and when poor mother-infant attachment was evident, girls hit puberty sooner in life. Mother Nature’s reasoning is this: having children sooner or “spreading the genetics sooner or more copiously” is vital when one lives in a bad environment with a lack of nurturing. The lack of a good, stable environment will likely shorten the life of the person, so encouraging child birth sooner continues human evolution. In this same study, those in excellent, nurturing, and supportive environment where the mother bonded well with infant girls had girls who reached puberty later.
Security and bonding with mother was objectively measured as an infant who smiled, reached, vocalized or was excited to see her mother after a period of separation. Those infants who lacked these behaviors likely had poor bonding with their mother and therefore were insecure.
While it is true that environmental factors like better nutrition, chemicals in the environment, and genetics do play a key role in when a girl hits puberty, the mother-daughter relationship simply can’t be ignored. It plays a crucial role in when a girl hits puberty, how soon she will have children, and her risks in contracting a STD.