How to prepare your daughter for periods
Preparing for your daughter's first period can be an equally daunting task for both you, the parent and your daughter. However, with a little preparation and understanding, it can be a smooth and stress-free experience. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your daughter's first period.
1. Educate yourself. As a parent, it's important to educate yourself about menstruation so that you can answer any questions your daughter may have. Make sure you understand the basics of the menstrual cycle and the different types of menstrual products available.
2. Talk about it. The first step in actually preparing for your daughter's first period is to talk about it. Start the conversation early, and use proper terminology to help normalize the topic and this way, you'll remove any taboo or embarrassment.
3. Stock up. Make sure you have a supply of pads, tampons, and liners on hand so that your daughter is prepared when her period starts. It's also a good idea to have some pain relievers, just in case. Show your daughter sanitary products that are available and explain how to use them. Remember that every woman is different and the product that works for you might not necessarily work for your daughter! Don't forget about protecting the mattress in case of any leaks. Periods take time to become regular so it will be hard at first to tell when her next one is going to happen.
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4. Practice open communication. Encourage your daughter to talk to you about her period, and make sure she knows that you're there to support her through the changes her body is going through. If your daughter worries about sleepovers during periods, we recommend reading this article.
5. Make a plan. Make a plan with your daughter for what she will do when her period starts. This includes discussing how to handle unexpected bleeding, school, sports and activities. It's worth talking to a school to find out what support is available in case a girl starts her period there. After all, it can be a daunting experience and it's important to know that there's support available in case it happens at school.
6. Provide resources. Provide your daughter with resources such as websites, leaflets, books and videos that can help her learn more about periods. This will give her a chance to explore the topic on her own and come to you with any additional questions.
The average age for the first period is 12 years old and periods can creep up on you anywhere between 8 and 15 years old. Therefore, it's better to talk to your daughter earlier, rather than later. By being open and supportive, you can help your daughter feel informed and prepared for this important aspect of growing up.
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