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What are periods?

Neena
11 to 16 years

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Updated on Dec 13, 2012

Hello fellow mums!    I have a boy agen 12. Watching an ad on sanitary products, he  popped a question, 'Mum, I think I should not ask but, What are periods?' I bought some time to answer. Need ideas on what I can say to him, I am dumbfounded!   thanks!

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Nishi Gupta

| Aug 22, 2015

I gave the description in a really vague manner coz of his age. But in further years , we can elaborate it for them.

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Nishi Gupta

| Aug 22, 2015

So true girls. My son is 10. Yet I already shared with him the concept of periods and how gets ready every month in a woman and how when realising that it's not gonna turn into a baby , it destroys the comfy home it had prepared for the baby and during that there are some scratches on the inner lining of the baby home, which leads to bleeding. I gave the description in a a

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Neena

| Dec 18, 2012

Absolutely Payal, its important for our kids to know that they can approach us for such questions. Thankfully, so far my boy feels comfortable enough to ask me about things that get him curious :)Thanks for your thoughts !

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Payal

| Dec 18, 2012

Neena, while it is difficult to broach the topic with children of this age, you wouldnt really want them to know from 'other' sources. This is the perfect age to make children aware of the new world they are entering and most importantly, what should be avoided and what they should be careful about. That can come in time, probably when they are about 15-16 years old, but it is important that your son understands that you will not shy away from sensitive topics but will have an honest and open discussion with him whenever he comes to you with a question.

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Neena

| Dec 15, 2012

Hi Aashna, I agree with you that the old practice of keeping things hush-hush never really works. Thanks for your advice, although I am finding it a bit difficult to frame the conversation, I agree that the best would be to explain in detail. thanks!

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Aashna

| Dec 13, 2012

Hi Neena. It may be a good time to introduce him to the whole concept of the reproductive system. Well, maybe not in detail as yet! You could tell him on how the female reproductive system functions and the role periods play in this. Telling him half truth or anything other than the fact, will only make him more curious and he may lose the trust in you to ask such questions in the future. So, I guess its time to get on with the sensitive topics as your son is surely getting curious in this aspect. I remember when we were around the same age, my cousin brother asked the question to my aunt in front of all the women in the family. She immediately dismissed it by saying he will not understand and needs to be older to know such things. He was totally lost and the rest of us were embarrassed! I am sure he found out some way or the other. Since pre-teens and teenage is a delicate stage, we as parents must try our best to guide and support our children and there will certainly be some awkward discussions in the process. Good luck. I am sure you will be able to handle it well :)

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