6 Ways to Prep Your Daughter for Menstruation
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All girls will experience menstruation, as they grow up. Whether they'll get their first period at school, camp, or when Mom isn't around, it can be a scary experience.
While no one has control over when a girl's period will begin, you can prepare your daughter(s) for that day – no matter when that is – and reduce anxiety. Here are six ways to go about this.
- Don’t Be Biased About Periods
“Storytelling can be both good and bad, when talking to your daughters about periods,” says Jodie Buckley, a parenting blogger at Writinity and Researchpapersuk. “Although periods may spawn negative experiences, storytelling should be effective for your girls. In fact, a lot of moms tell stories before discussing the details with girls, because in truth, periods actually pave the way for great things like fertility and having a baby."
An unbiased conversation allows you to tell effective stories to your daughters about what it means to grow up, to be a woman, and to be aware of any body changes. In other words, if your own periods have been painful, that doesn’t mean that the same will happen to your girls.
- Shop for Period Supplies with Daughter
You may want to go shopping with your daughter(s), and look for things like:
- Menstrual pads
- Period panties
- First-period kits
Though, if your daughter is uncomfortable shopping for period supplies, you can ensure her that there are supplies in your restroom, should she need them in the future. When you tell her where the supplies are in the bathroom, then she would at least be better prepared when the time is right.
- Show Daughter How to Use Period Supplies
Sometimes, girls might not like using period supplies, for a number of reasons:
- Pads might feel gross to them, or even “leak.”
- Some girls might not like the idea of tampons, that they have to insert it into their bodies.
The first thing that needs to happen is to show your daughter(s) how to use a pad or a tampon, and to teach them basic hygiene. If you’re comfortable demonstrating these supplies in the bathroom with them, then that’s okay, too.
By teaching them, you’re showing them that it’s normal to live with menstruation, and that there’s nothing wrong or gross about it.
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- Address Symptoms When They Come Up
“The last thing you want is to focus on any negative symptoms that your daughter might not even have,” says Jessica Briggs, a health writer at DraftBeyond and Last Minute Writing. “If you drown her with a laundry list of symptoms of periods, then you’ll scare her and make her comfortable. Although there are the normal symptoms of cramps, mood swings, bloating, breast tenderness, you shouldn’t address them, unless your daughter tells you that she has experienced those symptoms.”
In other words, addressing said issues as they come up. If your daughter isn’t feeling well, then she’ll tell you.
- Involve Dad and Son
It’s important to get the men in your life involved in the conversation. That’s mean Dad and or son.
Men go through a time of puberty themselves:
- Getting taller
- Their voices deepening
- Putting on weight
- New hair growth
- Experience B.O.
In addition, daughters should be able to tell Dad when she needs to get tampons or pads, or if she’s cramping from her menstrual period. Although brothers (if any) may get a kick out of their sisters getting periods, it’s still important to educate your sons on what girls can go through, so that they can show compassion towards them.
It’s normal for girls to be anxious about starting their first period, especially when the concept alone is strange to them. And, the best way to ease their anxieties about menstruation is by informing them about, so that when the time finally comes for their first period, they’ll be well-prepared and confident about it.
In hindsight, menstrual periods shouldn’t have to be stressful for girls. But when they’re armed with the right information, and reassurance from you, they’ll better face these changes, and know how to manage them for many years to come.
By prepping your daughter for such changes, she'll learn that there’s no need to worry about them since menstrual changes are a part of a woman’s life.
Ashley Halsey is a writer and editor at Belfast Writing Service and Gumessays.com. As a professional writer, she has been involved in many projects throughout the country, and has blogged about her experiences on her website. In her spare time, she like to travel, give special talks in business training courses, read her favorite books (ranging from different genres), and spend quality time with her two children.
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