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THAT'S TOTALLY NORMAL!

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I like the podcast That's Totally Normal. It is informational and enjoyable. I learned things that I didn't know but, I thought I knew. The film talks about a variety of topics and it's nice to choose what you want to listen to hear other people's point of view. I could relate to the things that these women are talking about.

Hosted by a female doctor, each episode in this podcast addresses different topics. I listened to "Where's My Period, And When Will It Be Regular," "The Erection Episodes" and "Hair Down Where?" They discuss different things like odor, acne, periods, body image and etc. We learn what causes these things, how normal they are and how they happen to everyone. Also, there are youth guests on the show so you can listen to a kids' point of view.

I learned more about guys' and girls' bodies how they work. There are many cool facts on this podcast that interest me and make me want to learn much more about my own body. My favorite episode is "The Erection Episode." It made me feel like I wasn't alone in my curiosity about boys. I'm sure other girls my age have questions about these same things. It helped learning more about boys' bodies and how they deal with them.

The message of this podcast is that our bodies are normal and, in my case, every girl is going to experience what I am - periods, body image, boys, drama and more. In the case of boys, every guy is going through the same sorts of things - enlargement, insecurities, odor and such. Everything going on in your body is normal and you don't need to be ashamed because the person standing next to you or your friend is going through the exact same things that you are. Our bodies are normal. This podcast talks about things that people might be uncomfortable talking about and that some kids might not be ready for but are curious about. It is very informational and could help lots of people that are thinking about their bodies constantly, wondering what is going on.

I give That's Totally Normal 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. You can find this podcast online at TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/thats-totally-normal

Reviewd by Makena P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Puberty, sex and ejaculation? These words used to make me cringe, but that is because I didn't know what they actually meant. Now I know That's Totally Normal!

The podcast That's Totally Normal! explores all of those uncomfortable and embarrassing topics we would rather not talk about or educate ourselves about. However, it is done in such a way where, not only is the audience comfortable, but more informed. On average, each episode is eleven minutes in length or substantially less.

Host and writer Dr. Tessa Commers, known to us as Dr. T, has a youthful and reassuring voice. As a board-certified pediatrician and the writer of this podcast, the information she provides can be trusted and taken to heart. Editor and Sound Designer John Ross makes the entire podcast come together by adding whimsical and funny sound effects that make the information easier to take. My favorite episode is "Acne," where Dr. T discusses the world of zits, pimples and even bacne.

The positive and uplifting message of the podcast That's Totally Normal! suggests that "we are all in this together." While our bodies may be different, together we experience many of the same things.

That's Totally Normal! gets 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. You can find the podcast That's Totally Normal! on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/thats-totally-normal

By Ashleigh C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

That's Totally Normal! is interesting and puts science and puberty in layman's terms, while simultaneously giving young teenagers healthy relationship advice.

The podcast That's Totally Normal! discusses puberty and the various topics include changing relationships, voice changes, growth spurts, stretch marks and cellulite. Hosted by Dr. T, each show begins with an introduction backed with an upbeat song. The setup for the episode is prompted by a listener's question that relates to the topic.

The audio is crisp and the production value is wonderful. It is easy to listen to and the topics are age appropriate and engaging. An example of how the podcast is engaging, yet informative is in the episode, "Changing Relationships." This episode includes various snippets of responses and stories of multiple young teenagers that are interviewed. This reinforces the central idea that it is totally normal for young teenagers to experience the things they are experiencing. Dr. T gives scientific explanations, in a simple way, as to why puberty causes young teenagers to act the way they do. Dr. T explicates responses that can better alleviate future disagreements with young teenagers and their friends, peers and family.

The message of this podcast is that truly, what teens are experiencing is completely normal and backed by sciences and the experiences of others.

Overall, I give That's Totally Normal! 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. You can listen to it now on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/thats-totally-normal

By Tor F., KIDS FIRST!

Yes, this is the podcast about the science of puberty. As soon as we're born our bodies are constantly growing, changing, breaking and at times, confusing us. And the biggest changes, growths and confusions seem to come when we're young, vulnerable and easily embarrassed. Yes, we're talking about puberty. And yes, it sometimes can be hard to talk about. But, it doesn't need to be. Put on some headphones and lean in as we break down the biology, chemistry and health topics of growing, changing and going up. The host is Dr. Tessa Commers a board-certified pediatrician (MD, FAAP) based in Seattle, WA.
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