Parenting · The Female Saga

Woh Paanch Din – Those Five Days

Something that most women prefer to keep hidden or do not wish to openly discuss about, even though it is a universal phenomenon is menstruation. Or ‘periods,’ as most of us women seem to know it as.

I remember my mother telling me about ‘periods’ just a year before it happened.

workingmothersonSo, should our children be prepared for this? I am sure that most of you will reply in the affirmative because it is something that growing children must know. I remember my mother telling me about ‘periods’ just a year before it happened. So, when I suddenly discovered a stain I was not exactly horrified although I do remember shedding a few tears because I had been told that my height might take a beating after that unique phenomenon. Just imagine! At a time when there could be greater dangers lurking for a girl whose body was almost ready for womanhood, I was worried about being short!

Well, coming back to the point of informing our kids, I am sure as parents, we get to let them know about it depending upon the circumstances and anything else that might aid us in gauging the appropriate time in preparing our kids. So, we let our daughters know when we think the time is ripe. Right? But, what if we don’t have daughters and have sons instead? Will you tell? Shouldn’t a boy know?

When my son was using Huggies, he was naturally too small to be aware of anything. When he outgrew his hugging pads he was too busy discovering life with a few lessons of etiquette thrown in here and there. Basically, he was too busy to notice anything. When he did notice a sanitary pad one fine day (he was bound to notice Someday!) he was still in single digits, so I explained that all mummies used it. Not fully convinced why and not too bothered why, he continued with life with the occasional ads on television reminding him that his mother was using a product shown on television!!

After all, he was going to face a menstruating woman some day in his life as his wife.

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3 thoughts on “Woh Paanch Din – Those Five Days

  1. Loved your post, and have to completely agree with you when you say that it is equally if not more important to educate little boys about menstruation as well. End of day, we men share the world equally with women don’t we and it makes immense sense for us to know these important things.

  2. Dear Mahabore, It is a pleasure to read a reply to my post by a man, by someone who does agree that such information needs to be shared with boys and men as well. Thanks for sharing ….

  3. Very tricky to inform a boy of this. Most girls do know something these days. Informing them – I am not sure. Mother knows better than a father, rather a male.

    Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2013 07:01:23 +0000 To:

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