“Hey, Mom! Do you need a new pompom?” my three year-old asks as I sit perched on the toilet.
“I do, actually. How about you pass me one of the big ones in the purple wrapper,” I reply.
She fishes in the box of Tampax and proudly brings me a new tampon (Super Plus, thankyouverymuch) and asks a few questions as I tend to business.
I don’t know about you, but the last time I went to the bathroom alone was before I had kids. They are always crawling in my personal space and that includes my time on the can. Whatever. I am not too bothered by it. They have grown up seeing me deal with and talk openly about menstruation and while this may be considered too much information for some, I think it’s normal and healthy for my girls to have an early understanding of how a woman’s body works so they when their time comes they won’t be terrified or freaked out about their periods.
My mom was a public health nurse when I was growing up, so she taught me young about puberty and menstruation. I guess I’m just not too fazed by it.
Do you let your kids in the bathroom with you? Or do you think it’s gross? Have they seen you deal with your period, or do you draw the line there?