8 December 2016

Normalising Intimate Health Conversations with Canesten

As women, we grow up having to learn a lot about our bodies from a young age. As soon as we hit the teenage years it becomes apparent that we don't get an easy ride of things and have to deal with periods, cramps, and feeling comfortable within our own body as all this is happening. 

A lack of formal intimate health education during puberty means that when symptoms of vaginal conditions appear, it can cause worry and many teenage girls have to figure it out for themselves what happens to them.
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When I was younger, my mum always made sure that we were open about everything that was happening in our bodies. Talking about everything from intimate health and thrush symptoms to sex. It meant that when something happened, I knew how to deal with it straight away. 

Canesten believe that if you feel more comfortable with your own body you are more likely to reach your full potential. This is why Canesten wants to empower women to feel more comfortable and discuss intimate health with their children to help them become confident and educated individuals when it comes to intimate health. 

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As women, we should be comfortable talking about our intimate health and be able to self-diagnose and self-treat knowledgeably and with confidence, and pass this on to our children so that they are confident in their own bodies too. 

Going forward, I think it is imperative that we talk to our children about every aspect of intimate health to make sure that they are ready for anything that happens in their lives. Isn't that what we all want, our children to grow up knowing everything about their bodies?

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394 comments:

  1. Just before puberty when the hormnoes start changing.

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  2. I would say at about aged 10

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  3. When they begin to be curious about such things.

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  4. As early as possible. So they get their information from you and not the internet.

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  5. Early teens

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  6. I would start when their 9-10 years old

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  7. I think it depends a lot on the child. If they ask quesstions then that's a great opportunity to start introducing the ideas, however early on, because that means they're making the decision about wanting the information, which is an empowering thing for them.

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  8. from 9 upward as bodies changing

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  9. my daughter is 10 and i think now is a good time to talk about it

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  10. I would say 12 or 13, when they are perhaps mature enough to take it on board.

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  11. I would say around 11 just before high school

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  12. when they start top school about 11+ i guess

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  13. I think when they are 9-10 that way they are old enough to understand and young enough that they will be prepared and not have nasty suprises

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  14. Me and daughter discussed it at 10 I even bought an age appropriate book and sat and read it with her xx

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  15. It is something I have never thought about until now, maybe 11 just before secondary school :)

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  16. It's not one I'm going to have to face :)

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  17. I would say between 11 and 12, thanks.x

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  18. Around 10 would be fine i guess.

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  19. I think the rule of thumb is when they are old enough to understand which will vary slightly but around 11 or 12.

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  20. I think early teenage years, but i will answer questions generally if they ask them

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  21. I would be guessing about 10 would be best

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  22. Just before puberty so around 11.

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  23. id say around 10-11 yrs, just before puberty kicks in

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  24. When they start year 6 at school. It's the year when sex education is properly like EEP. It's important for kids to have that input from mum or dad before they close down on the subject.

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  25. As early as possible but only as much info as they need and at a level appropriate for their age, with more detail added as they get older.

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  26. Probably about 10 or 11

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  27. Pre teen that's when my mum discussed it with me. I was about 10 or 11yrs old.

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  28. No wrong age if they're asking.

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  29. Eight or nine or anytime before if they ask

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  30. It really does depend on the child. Probably between 9-12.

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  31. I don't have any kids so don't really know, probably around 10.

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  32. I think you just talk about things normally whatever their age as soon as it becomes relevant or you're asked. If these things are as normal as 'poo and wee' then it doesn't ever need to be an issue or be embarrassing. You just need to pay attention to the reaction so you know when to leave it and back off. I have discussed some exceedingly intimate issues with my son when he has needed me and he isn't bothered at all.

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  33. It's different for each child but maybe around 10?

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  34. about 9 puberty is happening earlier these days

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  35. Aged between 8 and 9, they start the big schools and all children talk, so its better to let them know the true facts before their heads get full of false facts

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  36. When they start to ask questions

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  37. probably no set age, but if/when it comes up and feels appropriate.

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  38. I think you need to start with some issues at an early age (like which way to wipe) to prevent infections but other issues probably won't need discussing until early puberty.

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  39. I think perhaps around 10 or 11.

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  40. I think everyone is different, my eldest son hated talking about anything to do with his body, he felt uncomfortable so I left it, he know talks about everything with me at age 13, im not embarrassed I talk openly we have a laugh and a giggle about it and I am happy he is happy to talk now!

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  41. Around 11, but it can be dependent on maturity of child

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  42. I think all kids are different, maybe at 11 ish

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  43. I AGREE somewhere around 11 years

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  44. i think around 10, however i think it really depends on each child

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  45. around 9 or 10, you will know when they are ready

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  46. I would say when puberty starts, although it can vary so much between children.

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  47. detailed discussion from puberty. prior to that just the basics should be fine.

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  48. From the age of 9. Depends on the child and what stage they are at

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  49. I think about 10 years old or when puberty starts

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  50. Ours was a late developer, my wife said it was 12 to 13 going on 15!

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  51. Just before puberty around 10 years old

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  52. thay are all different but around 10 or 11 is about right, depending on the issue. some things wait until they are about 14 or until they ask

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  53. I'd say 11 or 12 depending on how mature the child is

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  54. I think it depends on the children. With mine it just came naturally from their questions and our conversations, not sure what age they were.

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  55. As puberty seems to start very early in my family eight is a good age to start.

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  56. Depends on the child but between 8 - 12

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  57. I would think around 10 years old I'm dreading it lol ❤🎄❤🎄❤

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  58. As soon as puberty starts about 10/11 I'd say

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  59. Depends on the child but probably around 10

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  60. I would say early teens however, times are changing and children seem to be more aware at an earlier age. They are all different though and I think it depends on the child. If my daughter asked me about it, then I'd happily discuss it, whatever her age.

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  61. When they start asking questions

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  62. As soon as they hit puberty, the best time to think about it

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  63. Between 10 and 12, depending on the child

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  64. I would say it depends on the child but when they start asking questions would be a good place to start :)

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  65. Starting from age 5 with simple explanations and basic knowledge, then expanding as they get older. Always answer their questions honestly

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  66. I think you should just take it as it happens, I always try to be as honest as possible when answering questions.

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  67. I think all children are different, but probably at around 10/11 years old.

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  68. Probably at around 10, before they go to secondary school.x

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  69. depends on the child, my friend was telling me other day that she had already had these conversations with her daughter who is 8, me personnaly think that is too young and I don't think my son who is the same age needs these conversations just yet.

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  70. Around the age of 10.

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  71. I personally think it should be around the age of ten

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  72. I think it depends on a child, around the age of 10-11 probably.

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  73. Every child is different and really depends when they start asking about it.

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  74. About 10/11 when they start to understand their own bodies better

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  75. Depends on the child - but somewhere around the 10 year mark.

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  76. When they start asking questions or just before puberty - whatever happens first.

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  77. Maybe around 11, just before high school!

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  78. I think it would depend on the individual child

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  79. Depends on how mature the child is but i'll probably speak to mine when she is around 12

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  80. As early as possible. My twins are now all grown up but we have never been shy to talk about intimate things together and if they asked questions, I answered truthfully and factual :)

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  81. From birth onwards!

    Having 'The Talk' in their teens is like expecting a teenager to learn algebra without them even knowing how to add 2+2! Teens don't want to talk about sex with their parents, especially not if you didn't encourage open discussion earlier in life, not to mention you can't fit all they need to know in one talk. Unfortunately often by the time parents give 'The Talk' some kids are already sexually active, or have suffered abuse.

    Children should be taught age-appropriate information their entire lives - for example basic anatomy, hygiene and appropriate touch can be taught during bath times, then puberty and menstruation around the ages of 8-9, and throughout early teens go into more complex issues like STD's, birth control, rape and consent, as well as pleasure.

    Sorry, babbled on a bit but working in this area lack of education frustrates me.

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  82. as soon as they start junior school and seem mature enough...

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  83. When they're ready - I was ready about 10 years old, but some aren't ready to talk til they're 13 xx

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  84. I think it really depends, but maybe around 12 or 13 is a good time to talk about it

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  85. Before they start secondary school

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  86. Just before secondary school

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  87. I'd say at the end of primary school

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  88. I think age appropriate conversations about it should happen throughout their childhood and teens.

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  89. It depends on the child and how they are developing. I'd say around 10 or 11.

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  90. It depends on the child but between 9-11.

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  91. At the same time as "the birds and the bees" talk

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  92. depends on when the child is mature enough to understand, I guess around 9 or 10

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  93. It depends on the child but I think this chat can be introduced as early as possible. Maybe not in as much detail as an older child.

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  94. Depends on thr child-around 8-9 or as soon as they start asking questions

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  95. It Defo depends on the child but 8-10

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  96. I'd say as early as possible age 2-3

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  97. I think all children are different but for me personally I would say around 9 or 10 when they are becoming more independent & their bodies are changing

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  98. all children are different but about the last 2 years in primary school is about the norm

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  99. I'd say about 9-10 - I remember my Mum talking to me about periods when I was 9 but not about thrush and other common intimate health issues. Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES - thanks for the lovely giveaway - and Merry Christmas!

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  100. In general terms, when they start primary school, and more so as necessary as they get bigger.

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  101. Early teens, but very often they learn from other kids way before anyway!

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  102. Towards the last year of primary school

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  103. I think from early childhood about things like personal hygiene etc. moving onto puberty in mid to late primary.

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  104. I would say around 8-9 as puberty starts very young nowadays xx

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  105. I think about 10, you can just introduce ideas about personal hygiene as soon as they ask to normalize it.

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  106. That depends on the maturity of the child. I think as a mum you know when to have the discussion.

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  107. depends on the child but I would say 10-11

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  108. I think it all depends on the child but I would say in my opinion 9-10

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  109. I think it completely depends on the child as they all develop at different rates, but I'd say about 10-11.

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  110. Depends on the child and the age of their siblings/friends. Around 10-ish I guess.

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  111. Depends on the child, and what health matters come up to discuss. Things don't need to be a big deal or very in depth conversations.

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  112. I've always been honest and upfront with my girls they know they can come ask Me anything x

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  113. Once puberty hits and they are able to cope and understand what's going on x

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  114. It does depend on the child, by puberty they should definitely know, so they can equip themselves with knowledge of what is happening. But at any age, all questions should be answered honestly, in a way that is appropriate to their maturity.

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  115. I think around the time they make the transition between primary and secondary school as they start thinking about what it means to grow up, and I would want to make sure they respect their bodies.

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  116. Depending on the maturity of the child but around 10.

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  117. I think you should build it in from when children are really small so that it isn't awkward and that they feel they can always ask.

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  118. From as soon as they start to understand general hygiene x

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  119. i would say about 12, but I might be wrong

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  120. Around 8-9 before the school education

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  121. I think it's never too early as long as you discuss things in an age appropriate way and build on them as they get older.

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  122. as early as possible in age apporpiate terms

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  123. I learnt in school around age 10 onwards, so i think continuing on anything they've learnt, finding out what they're curious or have more questions about, and elaborating on stuff then may be a good idea, but i also know some kids who find it uncomfortable so if at 10, they don't want to know, maybe bench the talk for 6-12 months and revisit it. However, i think answering anything they ask at any age would give them more confidence on the subject and hopefully less likely to keep quiet about a problem or burning question

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  124. As soon as they start to understand how to wash etc. I think it's better to bring it in gradually xx

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  125. Personally I think around the age of 12 or when you feel they need that talk depending on your own child

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  126. I would say when they are ten or eleven years old

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  127. I discussed it with my children when they asked questions as they were young - expanding on it as they have gotten older

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  128. I think as soon as they start asking questions and certainly before they start secondary school.

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  129. I think about 10, i have two boys, they are always asking questions.x

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  130. As an when they may be vulnerable to health issues, so at any age. Me and my mum never spoke about anything other than being clean down below. The earlier we speak about it the better

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  131. i would say just before secondary school but i think it varies between different children

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  132. I've always been open if questions have been asked. My daughter knew I had periods from an early age being a single parent to her.

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  133. When they asked questions, whatever their age, i answered them honestly

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  134. My policy has always been to answer questions and give information honestly, but in a way they can understand. There was never any need for a huge talk, as they learned everything gradually throughout their childhood.

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  135. depends on maturity really, but mine were 7/8 when we started the conversations

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  136. As soon as they are old enough to understand. I wouldnt make a taboo of it

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  137. I would say before high school so at 10 years old I think they come much very aware at this stage

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  138. As early as possible. Possibly age 3. Just so they know and get to learn. Obviously explained in aged appropriate related terms

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  139. As soon as they start to become inquisitive x x

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  140. around 11/12 when they are old enough to understand x

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  141. When you child starts to ask questions, be honest. If your child doesn't ask questions then iI think around age 10 (@beckaustin)

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  142. I don't think there is a right or wrong age as children mature differently

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  143. I think it depends on the child but id say id like the bare bones / basics covered by 11 /12 years

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  144. i think as soon as they are old enough to understand x

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  145. depends on how mature the child is - 14/15 x

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