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Cast Your Vote:

    • 7 years or younger -- Votes: 6
    • 8 years old -- Votes: 7
    • 9 years old -- Votes: 3
    • 10 years old -- Votes: 6
    • Over 10 -- Votes: 1
    • Never did -- Votes: 0
OMG! Puberty!! Heh heh heh Due August 22 (boy); 3 kids; Laramie, Wyoming 1690 posts
16th Jul '13

When is the best time to start talking to your children about it?



My oldest is going to be 9 in November and in third grade. When I was in third grade, my school had a special talk about it with everyone whose parents signed the consent form. I much rather talk to her on my own..seems more comfortable, and less intimidating...

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
16th Jul '13

My daughters have the general idea of changes by kindergarten. My oldest is 7 and is learning about periods, breast development, and other various body changes.



I think it definitely has to be done by age 8, especially for girls. They reach puberty sooner than boys do.

Cαtwomαn 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Gotham, DC, United States 12933 posts
16th Jul '13

I think I learned about it in the fourth grade, if I remember correctly. So I was 9.

Mandi Bass 1 child; Minnesota 1063 posts
16th Jul '13

I think 7-8 at the latest. I started puberty very early- got my first period at age 9. I hadn't had the talk with my mom yet or sex ed at school so it was kind of traumatizing for me.

Naturally Alternative 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Lafayette, Louisiana 6551 posts
16th Jul '13

I don't foresee us having to have "the talk" really because when she has questions we answer them. Like I was on my period and she asked about it. She was barely 3 at the time so I just told her that when girls get older they bleed once a month... but as she gets older she'll be told more and more based on her capacity to understand.



But yeah, I think 7/8 is best, some girls start eaaarly, and it'd be terrifying to start bleeding without knowing why.

Heh heh heh Due August 22 (boy); 3 kids; Laramie, Wyoming 1690 posts
16th Jul '13

So how, really do you have the talk? I wonder if I should wait until her 9th birthday or simply talk about it before the school year even starts..?

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
16th Jul '13

I got my period at nine so I would say younger than that.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
16th Jul '13
Quoting Heh heh heh:" So how, really do you have the talk? I wonder if I should wait until her 9th birthday or simply talk about it before the school year even starts..? "


Get her the American Girl book to go through on her own and then have a discussion over what she read. I also heavily recommend taking her to see your OB-GYN if there are questions you either don't know the answer to or feel uncomfortable answering. You can have her tell you her questions, write them down, and then hand them to the doctor for a discussion.



In my case, my daughters have an amazing pediatrician who will likely do ALL of their care until they decide to see an OB-GYN.

Heh heh heh Due August 22 (boy); 3 kids; Laramie, Wyoming 1690 posts
16th Jul '13
Quoting Sly Saffy:" Get her the American Girl book to go through on her own and then have a discussion over what she read. ... [snip!] ... In my case, my daughters have an amazing pediatrician who will likely do ALL of their care until they decide to see an OB-GYN."


I'm going to look for that book. :)
And I guess I'll have to talk to her before her 9th birthday..:cry:

Heh heh heh Due August 22 (boy); 3 kids; Laramie, Wyoming 1690 posts
16th Jul '13

Does anyone know if there's some kit? Lol..I mean teachers can get them for free online. I was just hoping there was one for parents. :/

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
16th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Heh heh heh:</b>" Does anyone know if there's some kit? Lol..I mean teachers can get them for free online. I was just hoping there was one for parents. :/"</blockquote>




Maybe check the local planned parenthood?