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You might think there is some magical age to have "the talk" with your daughter. But it's a lot easier and more effective to have an ongoing, open dialogue about all the changes her body and mind go through as she grows and develops.
Here's some help with how to do that.
Think of teaching about puberty as an extension of teaching about losing your teeth, or getting taller. Make sure to:
Find ways to prompt conversation in everyday contexts. For instance, when you're unpacking a grocery bag that contains deodorant:
When you're folding laundry that includes a bra:
When a tampon or pad commercial comes on TV:
It can be great to provide helpful resources for your daughter. Ask the school counsellor or your pediatrician to recommend books, videos, or classes. Check out the website www.caringforkids.cps.ca for more tips.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter P320 in the search box to learn more about "Learning About Talking to Your Daughter About Puberty and Menstruation".
Adaptation Date: 8/20/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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