Before you start talking about periods, it is a good idea to teach your boy about the differences between boys’ and girls’ bodies. Once they understand how boys’ and girls’ bodies are different, you can talk about the changes that girls go through at puberty including periods. For more information on talking to your child about the differences between boys’ and girls’ bodies go to Teaching about Differences Between Boys’ and Girl’s Bodies.
Talking to boys about periods doesn’t have to be a serious conversation. Instead you can look for everyday opportunities to talk about periods and how they are a normal part of life. It may be that:
- you ask your child to put away the sanitary products after you have done the shopping
- your child walks in on their mother in the bathroom while she is changing her pad
- your child finds their sister’s brightly wrapped tampons or pads in her bag or bathroom drawer
Use these opportunities to start a conversation with your boy about periods. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation. Instead, try series of short conversations where you give them a little bit more information each time.