How do I explain puberty to my 9 year old daughter? She's been asking me about periods and and other thingd pertaining to puberty.

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Christine - posted on 03/02/2009

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We used the american girl book, I gave her simple facts, and I also explained things down a bit for my 8 year old, more on her terms.  made it very simple.  We called our period "lady business", to make it sound nice. 

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So I forgot to mention that we also told them it is for inside marriage  and that is why you only talk about it with your family and therefore to come to us with any questions as it is a private issue.

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My son (6) and daughter (8) just asked me "How does the baby get there?" They already know the basics of bodies, but no idea about sex. So I told them very simply and factually in about 2 sentences what happens. They were good with that.

Serena - posted on 03/04/2009

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I get cranky when my next door neighbours daughter tells my daughter certain things about puberty. My daughter doesnt understand and doesnt really want to know. I have asked my neighbour to ask her daughter to keep her information to herself but to no avail. I intend on answering my daughters questions as the come from her but I dont need an 11 year old who has not really been told these things correctly herself telling my 9 year old the facts of life as she see's them.. Sorry that was more of a vent than any helpfull info but thanks so much for asking this question its been very informative for me to !

Lisa - posted on 03/04/2009

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Does anyone know if there is a Canadian equivalent to this American Girl book....my daughter is nearly 9 and I have explained a few of the basics to her...we were watching a show called how it's made one day and they were making sanitary napkins and she said"I know girls put those in their underwear but what exactly are they for?" so I just explained that the muscle in your belly where a baby grows(she already understood this concept) there is a lining made of blood that comes out every month if there is not baby....she took this at face value but recently a friend told her there is an egg and a seed and I'm not sure I'm ready to completely explain sex to her so I wondered if there was some book that could offer some explanation.

Denise - posted on 03/01/2009

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I would strongly suggest the book The care and keeping of you. I bought that for my daughter, and we read it together. It is very thorough. And a great way to discuss things, with correct information.



And I am glad you are doing this now, my daughter was 10 when she started her period!

Crystal - posted on 03/01/2009

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Be straight forward and give her the facts, do not lie about it, or sugar coat things. If you're having trouble on how to explain it then I would buy a book or bring her to her doctor.

Marcelle - posted on 03/01/2009

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I agree wih Amy. Address what seems to be going to be an issue.



 



Also answer questions simply. More questions will come. Just keep it open and common-sense, so that she will always have someone she can talk to with confidence.

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my daughter is 8, but has already started developing physically so we scheduled a meeting with her doctor. I talked with her before we went about how he was just going to check that everything was developing right and she was good with that. One the way home we talked about it again and about how she was going to get hair in different places and that it's just aprt of growing up. I breifly brought up periods b/c she is already developing and just explained about it being the body's way to get ready to have babies one day when she is older. Prior to this we had gone shopping for training bras and so we had talked about that then. She is so young in many ways that it was almost easier as there was no pressure from friends or anything. She actually hadn't even realized she was developing breasts. 

Alicia - posted on 02/28/2009

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I have a 9 year old, she knows when I start my period and what it is but doesn't know the meaning behind it, if that makes any sense.  She & I have talked, we are going to go out to eat just she and I then do any shopping if necessary but it is going to be just she and I.  Hopefully this will give me time to prepare for any questions that might come up.  My girlfriends son was asking questions and he is 6.  She said she just laid it out for him no sugar coating.  Come to find out he was asking questions because they had read books on sharks and dolphins.  Good luck

Kim - posted on 02/28/2009

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I found a book that was by American Girl. I got it at on line or it use to be sold at Bath and Body. It tells about everything from hair, teeth, skin, to puburity. I read it with my daugther last year when she was nine. I let her ask me anything she wanted to. It went over really well, because she could read the book by herself too. This year for her 10th birthday we are taking just a womens trip to go shopping of course, but we are also going to talk about puburtiy. She is really looking forward to this.  We have also talked to a few of her favorite women in her life. All of them have older girls and she felt she could trust them as much as me. She feels she can handle anything that may come her way now that she understands her body a little better. Good luck with your daugther. It was hard for me at first to start the talk, but once we started it was really easy. Just tell her the truth and don't hide anything and it should go pretty well. GOOD LUCK.

Lynn - posted on 02/28/2009

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I HAVE A 9YR OLD AS WELL N I DID A NUMBER OF THINGS THE 1ST THING THAT I DID WITH HER IS (SHOPPING) ONLY 4 PERSONAL ITEMS (JUST 4 HER) ANOTHER THING THAT I DID WAS TO LET HER ASK AS MAMY QUESTIONS TO MY GYN.....   SO THAT SHE CAN GET THE CORRECT INFOMATION...GOOD LUCK!

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