Right, before I start this post, I must warn all the blokes that I’m about to talk about periods. Menstrual Cycles and such, so if you’re not up to it, don’t read, dudes. Move away and clickit click on another post.
So, this morning I had to explain to my 9 year old daughter about menstruation.
Wee Meg already has had the birds and the bees talk complete with this gesture to give her a visual of the process. She giggled a lot when I told her but is now knowledgeable when it comes to sex, the methods, where everything goes and what the activity means.
However, I did not tell her that time about menstruation and “becoming a lady” or should I rather say “becoming a PMS Bitch from Hell” (if she takes after her mum).
Here, is where I tell you HOW we managed to disembark on to the sensitive subject…because, frankly, I’m one of those mums who doesn’t schedule these talks. I don’t have a agenda or calendar I follow for the talks of life and related topics. I just kinda wait for an opporchancity to present itself and then I dive straight in. I don’t mince my words. I tell it like it is, without being too crude or hard. I am direct and make sure I get the point across.
Anyhoo, my 6 year old Kaylin was asking about the recent physical changes to our Emma-Pup. Kaylin
pointed to Emma’s private parts and yelled “Mum! Why is Emma’s fanny so BIG?”.
Of course I said “WHAT?!?”
And immediately checked Emma’s personal puppy parts and low and behold, Emma’s fanny was all swollen and pink. I also noticed that she was gingerly sitting off to one side and it looked like she was a little uncomfortable with all that substantial swelling. I was completely caught off guard because she’s only about 9 months old!
I didn’t know that puppies can go on heat for such an early age. All the girl-pets we’ve every had were sterilized when they were only weeks old
Anyhoozer, I skitted over the subject with my 6 year old thinking it’s a wee bit too much for her to comprehend at the moment, but Megan was incredibly concerned.
I had to take her one side out of earshot of Kaylin’s radar ears and explain to her in a wee bit more detail about Emma becoming a lady. I had to explain about her menstrual cycle and that all girls go through it. I told her your menstrual cycle is her passage into womanhood and a sign of a healthy body. I explained about tampons and The Mooncup.
I thought I did an acceptable job because Megan curled her lip up and said “Eeeeew” a lot. I guess she understood and it hit home.
This got me thinking about when it happened to me for the first time. I remember the day clear enough but I don’t actually remember my mum explaining to me about my periods before it happened, or after actually.
It just kinda happened one day when I was about 13 and I thought I was fucking dying. I kept wondering where all the blood was coming from and tried to recall where I’d hurt myself or fell.
I remember Mum dispensing me a sanitary towel, told me what to do with it and that it will happen regularly from now on.
I believe I wore the “Eeeeew” Face that day too, especially when my big sister called it a Surf Board. She was so fucking gross.
How was your experience with your first period?
Did you know all about it before it happened?
What did your parent’s tell you?