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I’ve always wanted a daughter. I guess it’s also because I’m close to my own mother and want to replicate the kind of relationship I have with her, and what I have with little T is even better. She’s my little shadow. When she’s not in school, she’s always with me. She likes to cuddle and gives kisses freely. And we talk, we talk a lot. We talk about everything. I dread the day when she won’t do as much anymore or even want to be with her old mum as much as she used to, hopefully that day will never come.
Little T is a perfect combination of a little girl who loves ballet, playing her cello, gymnastics, but at the same time won’t hesitate to play rough with her best friend who happens to be a boy, or win a race on sports day. She’s both “girly” and “boyish” though I don’t really like using labels, but she’s definitely both.
My darling daughter is turning seven in August. How did that happen? Where did my chubby little baby go? I can see traces of her on her little six-year-old face, but soon, even that will be gone. I’m not ready for T to grow another year older. I know that sounds selfish, but time is just happening way too fast.
I’m not really looking forward to those intimate albeit awkward conversations with T, especially The Talk. I’m imagining there will be lots of giggles, or maybe she’ll be too grossed to even want to listen to me.
What I want to say to her is this, it’s all part of being a girl, part of being female, part of being a woman.
Already she has questions about when will she have breasts, although at this age, she still refers to them as “boobies” and always said with a little giggle. I really don’t mind talking about the changes in a girl’s body as they turn into puberty, especially once she starts having her period. She knows what it is, when she was younger she used to call it “pyramid” and much to my embarrassment used to announce “Mummy has her pyramid today”.
And of course along with that comes the changes in a girl’s body together with the discussion of proper care of our intimate health and common intimate conditions such as thrush, cystitis, and BV. Some may think, isn’t it a bit too early to discuss this with your daughter? I’m not saying I’m going to discuss all of this with her in one go.
I think it’s important to prepare them early. And to discuss it in a manner where it comes out naturally. If she gets used to talking about it at an early age, she won’t hesitate to come to me for more questions, at least, that’s what I’m hoping for.
I didn’t have this you see, when I was growing-up. I never even knew what Thrush was or what the symptoms were. I had to find them all out on my own. As parents, we try to give our children as much life skills as we can. I believe that this includes having these intimate conversations with them, especially for daughters, no matter how trying these conversations may be. And to reiterate that no matter how embarrassing or difficult the question are, they can always discuss it with us. What about you? If you have daughters, have you had this discussion with them?
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