I love reading about periods. I’ve become fascinated with the multitude of information and beliefs. Being a consumer, when somebody tells me to try something out, or a book says this will change the way you think, I go along and test it out. This inner need to know more has only come about since I started Raigan J. I wanted to know more about the topic that I have designed my bags for. The other reason is that my daughter is nearly ten years old.
So How early do we start educating our Daughters on their Period and what do we talk about?
Since being diagnosed with endometriosis and adenomyosis, I thought it best to empower my daughter and sons early so that talking on any period subject would be casual and comfortable. It may seem uncomfortable personally because an experience of getting your period may not be all warm and fuzzy. Just look up period humour on the internet and all you get are derogatory comments and pictures of horror movies. Not the picture I want my daughter to envisage.
What are my top 5 tips I’ve used for educating my daughter?
- I left a tampon and pad out on the kitchen table. My daughter asked what they were. I told her that is what I use for my when I get my period. “What is a period?” I commented that it was a time every month where I would bleed. It doesn’t hurt, it’s just something that happens. And that will happen to you someday. I started at 12 so maybe you will start around that time too.
- I’ve left a book about puberty on the table. I explained that I had bought it for both of us to read. She can read it whenever she wants and so can I. Slowly she has been scanning through the pages, which is great. Soaking up small amounts of information is a great starting point.
- I use the word period through general conversation. It’s not a bad word. It’s not disgusting, however through society and cultural beliefs, periods are often viewed in a negative light. There are some great organisations out there making big strides to change the perception. My favourite so far is Lucy Peach and her awesome show “My Greatest Period Ever” .
- Be open and honest. I’m lucky that I don’t feel embarrassed talking to my daughter about my period. I do sometimes around women my age. So it’s ok to be embarrassed but I believe that you need to be strong for your daughter. As mentioned, there are lots of books and articles to read. I’m amazed by how much I didn’t know!
- Don’t downgrade a period. Research shows that endometriosis can be genetic and takes over ten years to diagnose. I’ve explained to my daughter that she may get it, but there’s no need to worry about it now. I haven’t hidden behind the fact that it is painful. I have made sure that when she gets her period and she experiences pain, we will go to the GP and ensure that she is receiving the best and most informed care.
So where do we go to find out more information?
My favourite person to talk about puberty is Cath Hakanson from Sex ed Rescue.
She talks to adults and children on a personal level and gives some great advice. A recent addition has been Tween Talk where she answers young people’s questions and gives references to books. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your daughter, send your daughter (and yourself) here to view her great You Tube Channel ➡️ Tween Talk.
But best of all, she writes her own. Check them out here ➡️ Books and workshops
Want to celebrate your daughters first period?
We can start educating our daughters on their period by celebrating it. Check out our Congratulations You’ve Hit Puberty Gift Box. Packed with natural products for skin care, odour elimination and period care in a convenient Raigan J bag.
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