Funny chat with SD9 about "growing up"
FDH awhile ago asked me to have "the talk" with SD9 about what will be happening with her body…he’s apparently squeamish about the whole topic & begged me to “just take care of it.”
So…me, being the dog person that I am have no idea of how to broach this topic with a kid who only responds to me with monosyllables when I try to talk to her. What do I do you ask? Well, I went to the book store & picked up a classy little book that discusses everything from bras to skin care to hair care to eating disorders…all wrapped up in a pink & white, easy to read & understand book. I had spoken with her about some hygiene issues that she was having & made mention of the fact that she’s going to be becoming a young woman soon & that she needed to stay clean or she would end up being a stinky pie...so at least I gave myself an opening.
I called SD in & told her “Here SD, this book is for you. Do you remember that we talked a little bit about growing up? Well, I got this book for you & it explains ALL ABOUT IT!” SD of course got very excited. I told her to let me know if she had any questions. This was a week ago.
Last night, she comes in & says
SD9: So…you already have the face & hair stuff covered but the book said that I should start carrying pads to school just in case…so…yeah…
Me: Okay…I’ll work on getting a little bag for you with things you would need if you did start. If I do that though there will be ZERO pulling it out & playing with it though & no letting other kids touch it (EW!!)
SD9: Right…my friends will be jealous though!
Me: Private stuff SD, private stuff…
SD9: Okay…another question…when do I get my first bra? I’m really excited about doing that!
Me: You don’t need one yet SD but we’ll make sure you’re all set when the time comes. Until then, you have your undershirts to wear.
SD9: Okay good…& shaving my legs…when will you be teaching me how to do that????
Me: (trying not to laugh) Well SD, didn’t the book say that normally you wouldn’t need to shave until AFTER you start your period which normally happens AFTER you need a bra?
SD: Oh…I suppose so. One more question that we need to talk about…what is a geriotologrist? I’m supposed to see one now…you know, for my lady bits? (she said this with a look of both concern & horror on her face)
Me: Ah…a GYNECOLOGIST is indeed a lady doctor. They just look down there to make sure everything is okay. It’s not a bad thing…the doctors make sure that your lady bits are healthy. You won’t be seeing one of those (hopefully) until you’re much older.
During this whole fiasco, FDH's face is one of utter shock & horror. LMAO!
Ah the joys of being a SM to resident SKids :?