And I was immediately like, "What? But she's only this!"
Then I realized, oh right, she's in fourth grade now. Still. It seems rather young. But studies are showing that kids are starting their periods earlier these days. I hope that Natalie doesn't start until she's older. I started in seventh grade.
Anyway. I asked Natalie if she even knew what a period was. She said something like, "Isn't it when you're cranky?"
I told her sort of, and explained more, to which she went:
"But it's also a great time to eat chocolate," I added. "Lots and lots of chocolate."
Of course I went to watch the video, because I was curious if it would be the one from the 70s that I had to watch. I remember strange porn-ish music in the background and an illustration of the egg traveling around the fallopian tube.
This video was updated at least, but it seemed like it was the same illustration. And yes, when it showed a drawing of the changes in the body (pubes, bigger boobs) all the girls were like,
The nurse was all, "It's biology!" which means nothing to a group of nine and ten-year-olds.
My kid was the one who went, "HA!" when the video stated that blood does not come out of the anus.
She was also the one who told everyone that her mommy had a baby as a teenager when the nurse asked everyone what age is appropriate to have babies. I shot Natalie a look like this:
Everyone turned to stare at me and the nurse was all, "Well, let's not have babies as a teenager," and I wanted to say, "I was 19 and I got married soon after and didn't ask for money from my parents at all!" But I didn't want anyone to think I was condoning having a baby that young. It's tough. Wait until you're older. And if you don't, be able to do it without bugging your parents.
The nurse was kind and answered various questions the girls asked. One was, "What do we tell the boys when they ask why we came to watch a video?" The nurse was all, "Oh, just tell them you were learning about makeup." Natalie later said to me, "Pss, I just told the boys that we watched a video on periods and most were like, 'What's that?'" and when I told them, they turned all red!" That's my daughter.
My kid is growing up.
Do you remember watching a video on periods while in school? If you're a dude, so sorry, but if you have a daughter, has SHE seen a video like this in school?