a period at 11 yrs old

Melissa - posted on 03/07/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Any advice on how to teach an 11 yr old about her period that she just got? I knew it was coming because she has been getting breasts since the 3rd grade but she mentally isnt ready for it? any advice on how to teach a child about being a woman?

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Samantha - posted on 03/12/2010

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A few of my friends have pre teen daughters and the biggest thing I observed was this, that the girls had the hardest time understanding the hormone induced emotional torrents. All the girls had a difficult time understanding the inner turmoils the body has on the heart and mind. The emotional ups and downs with no ability to control them is the best understanding a parent can give their little girl. I hope this helps and the best of luck on the PMS bombardments.

Tina - posted on 03/09/2010

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I was 11, i had older sister though so mabye that made it easier they were both in high school. My mom told me what to do and it was never that big of a deal.

Kim - posted on 03/08/2010

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Melissa,

I absolutely love the book "The Care & Keeping of You" The Body Book for Girls. It is from the AmericanGirl Library. I got my copy from Barnes and Noble for about $10 but I believe you can also find it at Walmart. This book covers many issues that girls face. It covers things like periods, other body changes during puberty, hygene, acne and many other things. I have used it for my now 16 year old and am getting ready to start reading it with my 9 year old. My 16 year old got her period at 11 as well. Good luck to you!

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Lori - posted on 03/26/2010

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American Girl makes a series of books!! Better hurry!! Any day now!!! I started buying these books for my daughter at age 10 so that she would fully understand what's happening to her and what to do when that day comes. We had many discussions about it as well. She started her first period in July 09 and she was most definately prepared. I found them on target.com but as this was a couple of years ago you may be able to find it on amazon.com The name of the specific book is "The Care & Keeping of You" Teaches them about hair, skin and nail care as well. She still has the book and will often refer back to it even now at 12.

Tiffany - posted on 03/12/2010

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My daughter is almost 13 now - when she started her period I was very frank and used plain language. I explained why women have periods and showed her how to use tampons and pads. I let her make her own decisions about which products she preferred and that was all it took. 5th grade girls in Texas get a class at school to learn about periods and the products, they even get some take home samples. I just stressed to my daughter that this is a very normal occurrence, it happens to every woman, and that she should not be afraid to talk to ANYONE in the family about it if she is in need of products. I let her know that we all support her and want to make this time in her life as easy as it can be.

Dana - posted on 03/10/2010

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Wow.. that's a tuff one. My daughter got hers at nine. I tried making a celebration of it. We stayed up late and watched movies. We ate popcorn and candy and when we were both relaxed I talked to her about what it means and how to take care of herself during that time. I also let her look on Kotex.com.They had some good info.

Rhianna - posted on 03/08/2010

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I have the book "The Care and Keeping of You" as well. I gave it to my daughter when she turned 9 and we have discussed the book and looked through it together. Its a great book!

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