Please help! My 7-yr-old just started her period...
My 7-yr-old started her period yesterday, and I am not sure how to explain everything. I never heard of anyone starting so young! I think I'm handling it pretty well around her so as not to have her freak out about it, but it's tearing me up inside. What's bothering me is the fact that she's just so childlike, from being the smallest in her class resulting from prematurity, to her preference for preschool tv shows like "Doc McStuffins."
My mother advised me to talk to her about what was happening to her as if she was older because she's a smart girl. I did that, and loads of extra questions followed. I tried to explain the reason for her period, but there are some things she is just not ready to understand.
Last night, I purchased a book about puberty on my Kindle, and we read parts of it together. She liked this and it seemed to help her understand. However, this morning, she seemed really down and kept asking me when will it go away and why does she have to have it. It was heartbreaking for me.
I am trying to treat it like it's no big deal so that she can maintain as much of her happy-go-lucky childhood as possible. She attended school yesterday (after the doctor visit), attended a friend's birthday party earlier today, and is now out enjoying sidewalk chalk with the little girl who lives next door. The difference now is she keeps coming in to go check her panty liner in the bathroom.
I am new here, and searched for a group of moms online for the sole purpose of asking for advice on this. This site looks really interesting, and I will certainly be a regular from now on. But for right now, I'm all ears.
ANY advice is welcome. How do I make this easier for her?