Article published in Stuff July 6th 2022 by Serena Solomon
‘…The main trick with young children is to be clear that period blood is different from the blood on, say, a scraped knee, according to Robyn Fausett from Nest Consulting, which runs health and wellbeing programmes for school-aged children. (To Māori, period blood is sacred, but more on that later.)
“Be body-positive and normalise it, and don’t make it scary,” Fausett says.
Any conversation should be simple and at a child’s level.
“They are not going to understand a big, long conversation about puberty, and it is certainly not a one-off conversation,” Fausett says. “Don’t overdo it and see if they come back for more,” she says, framing the subject as multiple conversations taking place over years rather than a one and done.