At some point, the mouse started hemorrhaging. Thinking that the mouse was hurt, I ran to my parents to see if we could take the mouse to a doctor. He explained that it was something female bodies do. Needless to say, I started to sob believing that every female in my family would perish in the next couple of days.
After some explaining, I eventually calmed down. The things that happen during puberty in girls can be equally confusing. A lot of changes happen to girls in particular. We can sit on the sidelines and let our wives or other women handle the discussions with our daughters. However, we run a significant risk of increasing awkwardness if we leave things unsaid.
Our daughters can benefit from a male perspective. Note to the Single Dad For the single dad , this is much more difficult and complicated. In most cases, it will be easier for your daughter to hear practical body changes from a woman who has firsthand experience and understanding. If mom is not in the picture or unreliable, have a trusted woman help you. If that is not an option, it is up to you. You need to do it or she will get her information from the Internet or friends. It is a time of great uncertainty and confusion.
She will probably be insecure about how she looks and the changes. The main thing to communicate to your daughter is that she is growing from a lovely girl into a beautiful young lady. Hearing that from Dad is essential. During puberty, your daughter will probably be insecure about how she looks and the changes.
Ask her how involved she would like you to be. Your role might be limited, but there are things you need to acknowledge to your daughter about the things she is going through or your relationship can become awkward. Let her know that her mom shared with you the things they talked about. Ask her how she feels. Have some discussion about it. She needs to hear from you that she is changing and beautiful. I know it all.
Have a Sense of Humor Humor can be a great way to relax the conversation and get her to lower her guard. Have fun with her resistance to the conversation. Perhaps even pick the topic that will make her squirm the most and throw it out there. Make sure it is clear that you are poking fun at the conversation, not at her. Topics to Discuss Make her aware of these things. Her knowledge will help her navigate. Hormones and Emotional Ups and Downs: A flood of hormones are going to cause her moods to fluctuate.
She is going to cry and have no reason why. Menstrual Cycle and Vaginal Discharge: Tell her; do not leave it up to a doctor or anyone else. They may impose their own viewpoints about sexuality, inconsistent with the values of your home.
Here are more details on what happens when a girl becomes a woman. Explain that these changes are natural. They will feed her insecurity, particularly if she develops earlier or later than her peers. She needs your reassurance of her value and beauty. Make sure she gets a lot of it. Boys move from annoying to attractive. Tell her how differently boys and girls approach and think about relationships with the opposite sex. It will be reassuring and enlightening to know what changes the boys are experiencing.
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