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.
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.
Let’s make sure that we teach our young daughters the basics about where their reproductive structures are located before we teach them about what they do. [Read more…]