Experts say that an average girl will get her first period around the age of 12, but some girls experience their this much earlier. If your daughter is getting older you may want to have this conversation with her before she starts noticing changes in her body. Here are some tips on how to talk to your daughter about her period.
Start talking about periods in general when their young
If your child is observant and notices when you are on your period, this may be a good time to explain what a period is. It’s important to discuss the period in words that your girl can understand, but not be scared from. It’s good to mention that all girls will have a period, but not all at the same time.
Answer questions with factual and age appropriate information
It’s important that you don’t over-do it when you’re talking about this subject with your daughter. If your young daughter who’s not of age to really understand questions your box of tampons you can simply mention that “Mommy uses these because she gets her period every month,” and this can get the point across without being too elaborate.
It’s okay if you don’t know the answer
Sometimes our children ask us some of the hardest questions because were not prepared for them. You can tell your child that you don’t know the question their asking and you’ll look into it and get back to them. This is much better than telling your child a lie.
Take the time and understand what your daughter is saying
As parents, we often assume what are kids are saying, but not all the time we are right. If your child asks a specific question about bleeding or about the topic, ask her what she has heard or what she thinks she knows already. A lot of the time girls will get mislead and the wrong information from friends. It’s important to give them the correct information.
Use your own experiences as reference
It’s perfectly fine to talk about your own experiences about when you started your period and how old you were. You can also tell your daughter the way you were feeling inside and if you were scared or not. Then question your daughter and see how she feels inside and ask her what she may be worried about.
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