Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Getting your period when you are not expecting it is inconvenient, and sometimes downright embarrassing, for even the most seasoned period-getters. Remember being nine and wondering when your first ever period would come. Will it be soon or in another few years? Where will I be when it comes? What if I am at school?
A lot of young girls get their first ever period when they are at school, which is not surprising considering the amount of time children spend there. However, if they are not prepared, this can be an embarrassing experience they may never forget. It need not be. Here is how to make your daughter’s first period a more pleasant experience.
- Information – The less your daughter knows about what is happening to her body, the more confusing and upsetting the experience will be. The best book I have found for young girls to read is Ready, Set, Grow! A "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Younger Girls by Lynda Madaras.
- Communication – Let your daughter know that what is happening to her is totally natural and nothing to be ashamed of. Be approachable and honest. It is important your daughter feels she can talk to you about the changes she is experiencing and ask you questions. It is okay if you do not know the answers. Be honest. She will appreciate it.
- Be prepared – Although it is impossible to know exactly when and where her period will come, she can be prepared for when it does. What will make your daughter feel prepared may not be what makes my daughter feel prepared. This is where good communication comes in. My daughter was worried about exactly what to do if her period started at school. What made her feel prepared was carrying an extra pair of pants and panties in a plastic bag in her school bag, along with an extra plastic bag for any soiled clothes and of course, sanitary napkins. I also assured her she could call me anytime from school. We also discussed what period cramps may feel like and that if she ever felt those, she may want to go to the bathroom and put on a sanitary napkin just in case.