We recently received a tremendous response from Ladera Ranch, CA moms in response to this ad:
Do you have a little girl in 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade? And if so, is she changing and maturing more than you expected? Does she come home from school talking about mean girls or boy chasing? Does she already take issue with the clothes you select for her? If you would like some insight into these little women, please join us for a special night with The Parenting Doctor, Dr. Ann Corwin.
The room was bursting at the seams with anxious moms, and everyone wanted to ask questions, share stories and get answers to troubling problems. One of the heaviest questions was, “is it time for me to talk to my child about getting her period? She seems so young and I don’t know how to begin?”
One of the best resources for parents with these types of questions is M.D. Christiane Northrup’s book, Mother-Daughter Wisdom. In a nutshell, Dr. Northrup says that the best time to talk to little girls about their changing bodies is before they see the first change. And when you do see a change, like breast buds or hair in places where it wasn’t before, that could mean that your daughter has started her period even though she has not started to bleed.
Hormones are crazy things. Most of us women, and men for that matter, would agree that they change how we behave. Your child won’t be afraid of these changes if you talk to her before they happen. There is no one right way to have “the talk” with your daughter, so use a book if you want, take a walk in your favorite place, or tell your child a story about how your body changed. Just be sure to do it before she starts her period! Dr.Ann