Expert Response #3
Tell it like a story
Did you know there’s a house inside all mummies? There are red cushions inside, and these come out sometimes when there’s no baby growing in there. When that happens, we use these to keep our pants clean
Sophie Manning, former director of Outspoken Sex Ed
Whatever you say next, keep these things in mind…
Emphasise that there is no need to be embarrassed
Start simple, adding detail if there are follow-up questions
Use this moment to talk more about changing bodies, periods and how a baby is made
Use the correct terms for body parts
Ask your child questions to guide you in your approach and content
CRISIS NOT AVERTED?
More help with periods…
Remember: every child is different. Adjust these suggestions for the age and stage of your child. Children with special educational needs and disabilities, looked-after children and children who have experienced abuse may all need different support.
If you’re in doubt about your child’s emotional, physical or psychological development, please seek the advice of a professional