I put together review groups of young boys to go over my books before I publish them. These are my junior editors. It was so fascinating to listen to their questions as we worked through the content of my book I’m a Boy, How Are Girls Different? They were particularly interested in learning about the menstrual cycle. It was clear to them that their friends who are girls are challenged by their monthly periods.
It is always interesting to have talks with small groups of girls who have recently started having regular periods. They cautiously make their way into a questioning time about how boys are different. They almost sound like they feel guilty asking me about this.
It might be time to begin preparing your 9-10-year-old daughter for her first period. This is an uncertain time for young girls. Although they tend to be uncomfortable talking about it, I have noticed how much they appreciate an opportunity to ask questions and learn what to expect.
Being kept at home, away from friends, with limited fun things to do is very difficult for adolescents. These ideas take very little planning and will certainly be encouraging for everyone.
Dad is typically a little surprised at the changes he sees in his daughter as she becomes an adolescent. He will need encouragement and a little direction to help him navigate the important role he has to inspire and support his daughter on her path to becoming a young adult.