At what age should we start talking to our Daughters about our monthly periods?

Naomi - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My Daughter is 8 and getting pretty close to the age I was when I started mine. She seems to be starting with the whole attitude already! Does that go away after? Please say yes. Lol

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Meagan - posted on 01/23/2010

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i would really like to say yes but id be lying about the attitude my daughter is 10 and omg the attitude is over the top unfortunally i didnt have to tell her about it cause her friends and her already knew about it but id say when u are both comftable to discuss it but dont try and force the issue and take her to the supermarket with u and show her the diffrent products for periods so at least she will have some knowledge with what has to be used for when the time comes

Stephanie - posted on 01/22/2010

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My oldest are 7 and I've already talked about it. As soon as they started asking questions, I began answering them. I'll get more in depth when they're twelve or so.

Amy - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have two daughters. One of my daughter's started her's when she was in 4th grade. ( age 9 - 10 ) . I talked to my girls when they were about 7 - 8 years old.Better to inform them early, than to have them scared to death by not knowing what is going on.

Aliree - posted on 01/22/2010

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My 3 girls knew since they were old enough to ask questions. I would just tell them the age appropriate information at that time. Like my 7 year old knows that women get their periods every month and it's not scary. She doesn't understand about the why and science behind it. My mom never told me and it was a little embarrassing and scary when I first got mine. I try to talk and answer their questions as honestly as I can. My 15 year old daughter is very educated on sex and all the consequences. She isn't afraid to tell me that she made out with a boy. I know she doesn't tell me absolutely every thing but I know enough that I can trust her and know she will make smart choices.

Angela - posted on 01/21/2010

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I talked to my daughters ever since they were young. They would see me using the rest room and seen that mommy was bleeding and i would explain to them that it happens to woman when they get a bit older. My daughters are now 6 and 7. They do not understand why but they know that it will happen when they get a bit older.

Mary - posted on 01/21/2010

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it's not easy to say when is the right time to tell a girl, however you don't want your daughter to be surprised and don't want her to learn from friends either. i am a mom of five kids in all four of mine are girls. i think once signs occur those are good, however i'd start talking to your daughter now since today girls can get them earlier. also talk to your pediatrician about when they believe she will start even the dentist can tell through teeth. my daughters orthodontist warmed me last year when she was nine she'd be starting soon. she already has mood swings. you'll know if the time is needed too. good luck!

Stacy - posted on 01/19/2010

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My daughter is 6, and when I buy my monthly suplies, she asks what they are for, and I have told her a little, and told her I will tell her the rest when she is a little older. I guess it depends on rather or not your ready to say she is going to be a young lady someday, and needs to know. Children are always ready to listen and learn, it's rather or not we are ready to talk and teach.

Christina - posted on 01/19/2010

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my aunt had four girls and several nieces, and she always made sure that we knew what our bodies would do and how it functioned from an early age. i think that it wouldnt hurt to start telling your daughter what will happen now. tell her about her period, getting breasts, growing hair on arm pits, and deodorant. personally i would rather tell my children what will happen to their bodies than them hear it from their friends or school first. there are several books at the library that you can get and that way you can show her pictures of what her body looks like and what will happen when she starts her period. and you can even get a pad out and tell her how to put one on (just so she is ready when it does happen and so she knows what to do). . my cousins and i started our periods @ 10, 9, and 11 yrs old so she will be there soon, and the earlier she knows what will happen the better she will be ready for it. good luck!

Joy - posted on 01/18/2010

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I was somewhere between 8 and 10 when I started mine, and they say that genetically your daughters should start about when yours does. Also they should pattern themselves to start about the same time. My mother did the same as Amanda did with her daughter and had me read something about it first and then answer questions. I think it would also help to explain what a normal flow is like, normal cramping, bloating, how long it should last, what would be best to use tampon or pad, etc. I went 4 years with painful and heavy periods only to start having them every two weeks. Turns out I had cysts and other complications. As for the attitude...no I am sorry it doesn't go away. It took me being in college for a couple of years before I fully appreciated my mother, don't worry she will, it is just going to take time.

Lady - posted on 01/18/2010

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my daughter is nine now and i started to talk to her about periods a while ago i didn't sit down and have a big chat with her -,as with all the facts of life with my children i have introduced them in general conversation if the opertunity came up. i think she saw my towels or possably she ws in the bathroom with me when she was younger and asked what they were for, at the time i told them it was just something ladies needed sometimes. as she got older i was able to explain it in more detail and now she knows it's the lining of the womb coming away because there's no baby growing inside me. i started my period when i was 11 and assume she will start about then too but i lived with just my mum and older sister so with only three women in the house periods were no mystery and that's the way i wanted it to be for my kids too. i have an 11 year old son as well and talked to him a little about it too when he was younger - now he's had sex ed at school and knows about it all so understands when i'm a bit grumpy!

Amanda - posted on 01/18/2010

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I told my daughter when she was 8, she is now 10 and is aware. Some of her friends are very mature for their age physically so I thought it was a good idea. I let her read a book suitable for the younger girl and we went through it together afterwards. She is now starting to mature physically herself (but still acts like a 10 year old) thank goodness.... oh and NO attitude is still sticking around lol

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