Period education is often left till girls start secondary school, when the reality is that there has been occassional cases where girls aged  as little as 10 in year 4 have also started periods! Whether your child is having her periods for the first time or is a distant probability every mother should be aware off how to raise the subject and talk freely about it in their primary schools too.‘The girls who cope best with periods at primary school tend to be the ones who are well prepared, and that comes from the parents,’ Claire says. Indeed, the Family Planning Association recommends talking to children about periods between the ages of five and eight. The best way to talk about periods is to make it an ongoing conversation rather than a one-off lecture. ‘The talk should be progressive with age, and cover all physical changes, including breast development and discharge,’ says Claire.

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