How to prepare your daughter for her first period

How to prepare your daughter for her first period is something that will be on the mind of mums of tweens and teens. You don’t know quite when this key milestone will happen but you want her to know the facts and also have some idea of what periods will mean for her for approximately 38 years of her life. If you are like me, you find it easy to discuss such matters but perhaps you are a parent who struggles to approach anything to do with bodies or sex. What are the various ways you can prepare your daughter for her first period.

Talk to her openly

OK, so you may be a little embarrassed but if you don’t talk to her you can bet someone else will. I remember a girl at school who came to me for her information. Now luckily I had a mum who was open to discussing things with me so I was relatively clued up but by no means perfectly.

Books

There are books on periods available now and on the wider challenges and joys of becoming a woman. My own mum left a book by an agony aunt on my bed and told me I could ask her anything once I had read it. My daughter was ahead of the game and chose a book on periods out of the library herself presenting it to me and telling me she would ask if she had any questions.  I was very impressed with her that day.

Supplies

Ensure your daughter has access to pads or tampons. I think most of us start off with pads and it can be a little scary at first for your daughter to think about inserting a tampon into her body. A really great tip is to provide her with something like a pencil case or tin for her to keep supplies with her at all times so when the first period or an unexpected one later arrives, she is all set.  Consider pants that are secure such as those from Knixteen which are available online.

Pampering

Only recently have I let myself off the hook as I come towards the end of my time having periods. It is OK to realise that if you have cramps or other not so good elements  of periods, it is sensible to take it easy. This might mean a nap, a treat or extra cuddles. I like that my daughter is  already taking extra care of herself at her time of the month. She is an inspiration and I often think she is teaching me  rather than the other way around. I am going to carve out some special times for us when she has her period where we do things together as the amazing women we both are.

Involve others

OK, so perhaps you don’t need to be like my own mum who telephoned every member of the family to announce my first period but you can involve others in supporting your daughter. As with many parenting issues, you are not the only person who can help her. My mum dispatched my dad to buy me a cake when I had my first period to celebrate me becoming a woman. That might sound a little corny but it is a gesture I have loved ever since. I made sure both my husband and boys knew about my daughter starting her periods and what she would need from them at this special time of the month.

How To Prepare Your Daughter For Her First Period

 What tips do you have on how to prepare your daughter for her first period?

 

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  1. Kim Carberry October 30, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    My youngest is 11 and is desperate to start her period. We have always talked openly and honestly about them and she is comfortable about starting. I think because myself and her sister are so open about them she has no worries at all. Phew x

  2. Jo - Mother of Teenagers November 6, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Kate – some great tips here for those getting ready for that moment. Like you I tackled the subject early on with my daughter and made sure she was well prepared for the day itself. It arrived a bit earlier than we were expecting but such is the will of nature. My advice to all my friends was “have the talk, do it now and get some pads ready” . She and her friends now use an app to track their cycle and that of their friends, logging their mood, symptoms etc. Way more complex than our day of course but it helps to make them laugh about it which is something I rarely did! #GlobalBlogging

  3. Lisa Pomerantz November 9, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Our oldest will be 11 in the spring, and some of her friends have started puberty. Our big, has not yet And we do want it to be a celebration of womanhood, rather than that crazy old aunt… Such a balance. Great post. xoxo #globalblogging xo

  4. JakiJellz November 10, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    I don’t have a daughter but I would certainly agree with all of your tips. I was very lucky and my Mum was ace. I also have an older Sister who was brilliant at the time too. It can be scary when it happens but if you know all about it, it makes it so much easier. Thank you for sharing with #TriumphantTales.

  5. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... November 10, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    I have been open and honest about my periods with all of my children as I don’t want them to be afraid of their changing bodies. Even though I thought I knew a lot about periods, it was still a shock when I had my first one so I want my daughter to be prepared. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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