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Should You Explain Menopausal Changes To Your Kids?

When menopause sets in, you will experience many physical changes; it can become harder to keep up with young children, you might gain weight, suffer from hot flashes, or have uncertain moods. These symptoms often settle down after some time, but the transition period can be a matter of some concern. All these things are quite striking and noticeable, and the children in your family may start to wonder or worry about what the cause is.

Particularly in a family with younger children, it is important to manage their feelings of fear and guilt. Children under the age of seven tend to have a very solipsistic world view, and whenever anything important happens around them they tent to interpret it as somehow caused by or related to them. When young children see the adults in their lives become distressed, they are often worried that they had a hand in it, and can invent stories that make them the target of their own blame. Depending on how you raise your kids, you might not choose to discuss how menopause and menstruation are related, but it can be a great source of comfort for a child to know that Mom’s okay, her body is just acting a little different for a while and she’ll be back to her old self soon.

Teenagers are another matter. Older children might be experiencing their own hormonal upheavals; talking about puberty and menopause in combination can be good for them. It allows you to share in what can otherwise be an awkward experience for both of you. At this stage, talking about hormonal changes and menstruation might be quite profitable. It might be a comfort to them to know that puberty isn’t the only time that people have their bodies and lives turned upside down by hormones they have no control over.

During the teenage years, children are probably also learning about menopause in school as part of their sexual education curriculum. However, it’s not enough to passively let it go by and make your children guess what is going on by examining your symptoms; if there is something happening with your body and you think that your kids should know about it, it’s your responsibility as a parent to break the taboo against talking about your health with your kids and let them know what is going on.


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