Now that your daughter is nearing the last few years of puberty, she probably wonders what is happening in a boy’s body at a similar age. Here are some suggestions about how to start that conversation with her.
Have you noticed how many girls have their first period at summer camp? When I speak to young girls, my message to them is to always be prepared for a period to start. Put a pad and change of underwear in a small bag and always have it with you, especially at summer camp.
I was recently teaching a small group of 10-year-old girls about puberty. When our discussion became focused on the vulva, it was interesting to them to learn that there are two openings. One opening is for urine and one is the opening out of which menstrual blood comes. Because they have heard that blood appears in their underwear when a period starts, they assumed it was coming from the same place as urine.
This is a picture of young girls who have just completed a Celebrate Puberty Workshop with me. I asked them to organize themselves into the correct sequence of events in a menstrual cycle.
Does your daughter understand that having a period is a healthy cleansing process of the body? Learning about her menstrual cycle and how the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, builds up each month might help her to think differently about her periods. [Read more…]