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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    A 4 year old boy... personally I prefer the “it’s a woman thing you don’t need to worry about”. I don’t feel obliged to explain every little thing at that age, especially not female hygiene products.
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    I agree. I don't think this is something a child of 4 needs to know about at this age.
    I agree. If my boys see blood in the toilet I tell them that I had a blood nose. When they are older I will explain or they can learn it at school in grade 5.

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    Ye, I’ve never told my boys anything. There’s time for that a little later. I guess if they asked then if just say that girls have something funny happen to their bodies once a month and that’s what they are for.

    Ps my kids found my overnight pads and just assumed they were nappies for mum 🤣🤣 I didn’t feel the need to correct them, although I hope they don’t go to school and tell their friends that mum uses nappies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    I agree. If my boys see blood in the toilet I tell them that I had a blood nose. When they are older I will explain or they can learn it at school in grade 5.
    But why would you lie? It’s part of life, shouldn’t we be talking about these sorts of things to try to avoid our kids getting weird about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosey82 View Post
    But why would you lie? It’s part of life, shouldn’t we be talking about these sorts of things to try to avoid our kids getting weird about it?
    I agree.

    I do not differentiate between telling DS something or DD.

    DS asks 100000 questions (and always wants pictures) and he knows about reproductive systems, birth, basics about periods and even puberty and he is 5.5yo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosey82 View Post
    But why would you lie? It’s part of life, shouldn’t we be talking about these sorts of things to try to avoid our kids getting weird about it?
    this is what i believe also. i remember finding out about all this stuff whenever i did and feeling disappointed that my parents never told me honestly from the start. it just starts to cloak it all in shame. i think the mummies have periods and it has to do with making babies is sufficient for a younger child. as they get older and can handle more detail, go into it then. i think lying sends the wrong message. it’s just a natural bodily function like doing a poo or wee, why create shame about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    this is what i believe also. i remember finding out about all this stuff whenever i did and feeling disappointed that my parents never told me honestly from the start. it just starts to cloak it all in shame. i think the mummies have periods and it has to do with making babies is sufficient for a younger child. as they get older and can handle more detail, go into it then. i think lying sends the wrong message. it’s just a natural bodily function like doing a poo or wee, why create shame about it?
    Exactly the same here. Half the population on earth have periods - why is it often hidden away like some shameful thing?

    Things only become taboo and shameful if they're treated as such.

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    Dd1 has a good friend who is a boy. He went to get something out of her bag one day and found her 'stash' as we call it. She was so scared he would tease her, like most of the other boys that age do to the girls, but he didn't. He shrugged it off, said it happens to all girls and that was that. This same boy looked after dd1 when she had a nasty cramp at school, even offered to buy her a chocolate from the tuck shop. That's how it should be, a natural, no big deal it's part of life thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    I agree. If my boys see blood in the toilet I tell them that I had a blood nose. When they are older I will explain or they can learn it at school in grade 5.
    Yep my oldest ds is year 5 and is starting to learn about these matters and starting to ask questions which we will answer as he's old enough, ds2 is year 2 and of course listens in and that's ok as that's expected but ds3 is only 4 and he doesn't need to be learning about such things at that age, he's too young to understand it so why subject him to his young mind to it is my view.

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    I think you’re not giving them enough credit. My 4yo understands what’s happening. Probably not the full biological details about lining etc, but she understands that it happens regularly and it’s part of my bodies ability to have children. She’s understood this since 3ish.

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    We're not "subjecting" children to it. It's a normal bodily function that half the population goes through.

    In our house, it's just a conversation that has naturally progressed as they've asked more questions over time.

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