Such a trite title, especially given I feel it's just as important for my sons to understand the workings of the female body as it is my daughters.
I have a nearly 6yo daughter. Whilst her menarche is I hope a long way away yet, I've been thinking about how I felt about all the changes taking place in puberty and how/when to talk to my kids about it.
It's a little funny given that the older two were present for the birth of our baby! They can tell you all about how a baby is born but don't yet really know about how it is possible.
I remember feeling really embarassed talking about periods in my family growing up, and was mortified when mine arrived at age 13. I don't know why I felt that way, there was no secrecy about any of it, but I just found the whole thing a bit confusing and upsetting and terribly terribly private. In fact it's only since having children myself that I feel completely open to discussing menstruation.
I really want my children to see it as nothing more than another bodily process. Like giving birth. Like eating and drinking. We have no issues with nudity in our house, our bodies are what they are we have no reason to be ashamed of them.
So what I'd like to know is how did/would/will you address this with your children? What information is age appropriate for different stages of childhood? How did you feel about learning about and experiencing the onset of puberty?