Years later when I had two daughters of my own, I vowed that I would have an open-door policy with them, so that they would never not feel comfortable coming to me with their questions. When my oldest daughter began her period she was probably the best prepared girl ever.
While I think that Moms do give the best advice, sometimes even Mom needs a little backup when it comes to finding the right words to answer what inquiring minds are asking. This is where Being a Girl comes into play, it's a place where girls can find a source of information which they are looking for.
- Be prepared. Menstruation usually begins around the age of 11 - 14, though it can begin as early as 8. Be prepared by talking to them about what is happening to their body.
- Have menstruation supplies in the home. Show them to the girl before they are needed so they can have an understanding of what the products are like.
- Use products which are designed for girls. The period I get at 42 years old is significantly different from the one a 12 year old girl gets. Look for products like Always Infinity Teen Pads.
- Be there to answer any questions they might have. Point them in the right direction so they can find answers to their questions.
For a lot of girls, getting their period is something which they wish for (especially when their friends are getting it and they haven't yet) and then when they do get it they wish it had never come. Periods are often inconvenient and can be emotional. Yet, by being prepared we can get through those early years relatively unscathed.
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