The time to begin talking to your daughter about her girl anatomy is when she is as young as 5-7 years old. This is such a precious age. These little girls are curious and have endless questions about their body, and it’s natural for them to talk about it. What is even better about these little conversations when your daughter is young is that it’s natural and easy for you.
This is the time to build into your relationship with your daughter a freedom to express whatever she wants about her body as she chats with you. Take advantage of a wide variety of opportunities to let her know you are comfortable and enthusiastic to be in these conversations with her. What you are building is a very important foundation that will make more complicated and personal conversations possible in the future.
For example, take her shopping for new panties. Let her explore all of the beautiful varieties and select the pair she likes the best. Be excited for her choice and then let her know that we always want to protect our girl anatomy and pretty panties are a great choice. This small, but fun experience, says many things to her without getting technical or scary. The opportunities go on and on, if you look for them.
Now, flash forward to her at 11 years old. For the last six years, she has been enjoying comfortable little talks with you as she has matured. Her first period is going to start soon and she has lots of fears about what this will mean. Both of you have become comfortable talking to each other about very personal female anatomy topics; so this talk will also be natural for you and for her. This time, the two of you go to the store to select a pad that she can put in her backpack so that she is always ready for the first day of her first period. This shopping experience can be just as fun as the one you had with her when she was 5 years old while looking for pretty panties.
The spirit with which you begin to teach your daughter about her girl anatomy when she is young is important. If your little talks are natural and fun, then the talks you’ll have later will also be natural and fun. The foundation is solid and you can celebrate puberty together, as mom and daughter.