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Before She Gets Her Period: Talking with Your Daughter about Menstruation Paperback – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Perspective Publishing; 1 edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962203696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962203695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 3.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jessica B. Gillooly, PhD, is a marriage, family, and child counselor and an associate professor of psychology at Glendale Community College. She lives in Los Angeles.

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am a 12 year old girl, and I got my period last month. Before that - I had learned about Menstruation in school. I had a lot of questions, but I didnt think that my mom was the type that I could talk to about this. I found this book in my library, and I thought that it might have some answers. Its a good thing I read it, becase a few weeks after, I got my period. It wasnt as scary as I thought it would be. Afterward, I talked with my mom, and told her that I got mine. She asked me if I had any questions, and instead of replying, I gave her a speech on what I knew. This is a great book, and it teaches that growing up aint bad at all! :)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1998
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I was really dreading talking to my ten year old about her period when I chanced upon this book at my bookstore last month. My mother never really got to it until my period started and I thought that I was bleeding to death. This book provided the right framework to help me initiate talking to my ten year old. I feel that these discussions have been some of our most special times together. Thank you, Dr. Gillooly
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2001
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I, too was dreading the talk with my 10 year old daughter. Not knowing where or how to begin. This book really helped put things in order. It brought back some funny and not so funny memories of certain embarrassing situations which opens the door for discussion. I really think this is a great book for all mothers with daughters.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
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After I read this book, it made me realize that I hadn't talked to my daughter about growing up. I hope that the selling ranks go up so that other mothers can realize how important it is to talk to their children about menstration!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a young girl, I seem to remember ordering a book about this subject all on my own after seeing information in a magazine. I also seem to remember my parents telling me that they had heard of girls in India having babies as young as 7 or 9.

However, they didn't tell me how a girl could get pregnant, nor do I remember being told that I should expect my body to change. I read it all in books that I either found at the library or ordered with my pocket money. If I was mature enough to look up the information on my own, then I'd assume that most of today's young girls are mature enough to understand the importance of learning about menstruation.

Would this book have been helpful to me at age 10-12?

I think this book is an excellent choice for parents, but is definitely too mature for an 8 to-9 year old to read. The author recommends that you talk to your daughter at age 8 and explains that by age 9 some girls are already starting their menstrual cycle. The average age is 12. I think some 12-year olds might find this book interesting if you select a few stories. Some of the stories would not be appropriate to read to young children and even when reading these to an older 10-12- year old, you have the option of leaving out any details that are not age appropriate.

The Glossary is filled with detailed information that actually might interest girls who are 11-12 if they are interested in educating themselves in the finer details of being female. You might want to read everything first to see what is appropriate for your daughter.

So, I'd recommend this book to parents who are interested in reading a book about menstruation in order to explain the details to their daughters.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LaWanda Hill on September 5, 2003
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I was very impressed. I am not ready to talk to my daughter about menstruation but her body is telling me it is time. This book is mostly written for a mother. It has stories from girls and their mothers on how they feel about the subject of menstruation. However there is also a chapter just for Fathers on how to deal with their menstruating daughters and stories about how they learned about menstruation and how to talk to their sons about it.
I bought this book to give me an idea of where to begin the talks with my daughter, how to answer her questions, and the right language to use to make it easier for her to understand what is going to happen to her body. Reading this I feel more confident now that I can talk to her about all the changes of her body and that she will feel comfortable talking to me also.
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