(Note: although this article refers to mothers and daughters, much of it applies for fathers and sons!)
I was waiting at the obstetrician the other day, and struck up a conversation with a heavily pregnant lady waiting alongside me. She mentioned her eldest daughter had asked her how the baby gets in to her body. She looked a little awkward, and admitted she wasn’t sure how to answer this question.
I asked her if she had talked to her daughter, who was about 8, about puberty and getting her period yet, and she also admitted she had thought about it as she had heard girls are getting them earlier these days, but hadn’t approached it yet. I mentioned maybe those topics could go together, for example, that when a girl get’s her period, her body is becoming grown up, like a mummy that can have a baby. She made no reply to my suggestions and then a few minutes later she was called in to the doctor. I was left wondering if the silence following my “idea” suggested the conversation may have come to an end even if the doctor hadn’t called her. [Read more…]