Notice how she bought herself some time to think about her answer, by immediately asking her daughter a question along the lines of ‘Great question tell me what you know about that?’ or ‘ Where did you hear about that?’
I love the ending – kids will tell you when they have heard enough 🙂 there will be plenty more opportunities to mention it again and again and again… 🙂
A Teachable Moment…
I think I accidentally had the talk about periods with my daughter the other day. With all your advice it was really easy and I am so glad I was the one to open this conversation with her.
When I was in Prep I heard horror stories about periods in the school yard. I still remember how scared I was.
It went like this as ( in summary) we were walking to catch the train.
Daughter: ‘Mum when does a big girl become a lady?’
Mum: ‘When do you think?’
Daughter: ‘When she is about 30’
Mum: ‘Some people would say a girl becomes a lady when her eggs are ready to have a baby.’
Daughter: ‘How old is that?’
Mum: ‘Around 12 years old’
(I took the chance to explain here)
Mum: ‘Girls are born with millions of eggs in their bodies but when they become a lady it’s a really exciting time as their eggs are ready to meet the seed to make a baby. But most ladies don’t have babies until they are much older.’
Daughter:’Yeah and are married’
Mum: ‘So when a girls eggs are ready she will have a egg ready every month until she is very old. If the egg doesn’t meet the seed during the month the egg makes its way out of the body until a new one is ready in the next month.’
Mum: ‘Through the vagina. A little bit of fluid comes out. It’s all normal and doesn’t hurt. Some people call it periods.’
Daughter: ‘ How many more minutes till the train comes mum?’
So that was it. Wasn’t perfect but I am so glad I have introduced the topic in the right way. And I think it was appropriate information.
I just want to ensure I have the conversation with her rather than her hearing lies at school…Your the best! Thanks for the advice on how to go about this…
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