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Location: I live in Cherry Log Georgia
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Tricia, mama of dd (6)
If she does start her period, most of the kids bathrooms don't have trash cans in the stalls for used pads and tampons. Make sure to send her with a plastic bag or something to dispose of them in.
I think 8 is a fine age to talk about sex with a child. If they don't get it from you, they will get it from friends and from the media (who tend to distort it).
I wouldn't ever give a little girl birth control. It sounds like her body is going through enough changes without adding extra hormones into the mix. As she gets older, I would try to be open with her so that if she decides she wants it she can come to you.
Should I start her on birth control as soon as she starts her period?
One of my good friends did something that I thought was really intelligent when it came to her kids. She took them to an Unitarian discussion about adolescent sexuality (gotta love the Unitarians for being rational and openminded) in which they were given a lot of facts and the tools that they would need in their adult life to stay safe, as well as a discussion of the moral and spiritual impact of intercourse. Then she took them home (they were a teenage boy and girl, btw), gave them each a lesson on how to operate a condom and then a pile of them under the sink in a basket. She didn't count them for fear of being tempted to count them later, lol. Everyone knew they were there and she assumes that they used them when needed. The two kids are now in their thirties and there were no sex related dramas with either of them.
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