As the summer ended and the first day of school was just weeks away I took my kids to their annual wellness check-ups. Both girls were healthy and growing and given clean bills of health. Then I asked when I should start considering having the menstruation talk with my 10 year old. Our doctor told me that it would depend on when I started mine. I told her that I was 11 years old so she gave me a nod and said "its time".
Oh man I am so not prepared for this! So after a little mini-panic attack I hit the library to find some good resources to figure out the best way to even approach the subject. I found a few books to help refresh my memory on all the ins and outs of mechanics of it all.
I picked up this one from my local library.....
I also looked online and found these that I think might help explain things.
I needed to find the right balance of information to tell my 10 year old. I knew she needed to know the why and how of it all, but I was also careful to steer away from the s-e-x talk. Even though menstruation and pregnancy go hand in hand I really don't think my 10 year old needs that information yet.
I remember how confusing periods were to me as a kid. I remember getting my first period in 6th grade. I remember my best friend so anxious about starting hers and wondering if she would be the last one to get it. And then I remembered the book that helped me through all the questions and helped me feel like I was not the only one. This classic........
Who told you all about menstruation? What was that experience like? Good, bad, motifying??