Questions about sex, puberty, and body image are sometimes difficult to know how to answer. As parents, it can be tricky to know how much information to give kids…and when.
Even though I have professional training in social work, sex education and public health, my kids still sometimes catch me off-guard with difficult or sensitive questions. I’ve listed some of the most common questions girls ages 8-12 ask about these topics (and stay tuned: I’m following up with a list for boys soon!) and some ways you might consider responding to them.
I hope they’re helpful!
Mom, what's a period?
As your daughter approaches adolescence, she's curious about puberty with good reason. If you have not yet had this conversation with her, now's the time. Explain that most girls can expect their period to begin at age 12 or 13, and that it's a natural part of growing up. It is, after all, what enables them to eventually become mothers themselves. After you go over the basics, give your daughter the resources to explore the issue on her own. My Body, My Self for Girls is a great example.
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Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.