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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Girls Rule Every Day of the Month! #PGMom #BeingGirl

It's scary for a young girl when her body begins to change, especially if she isn't sure about what is going on.  I grew up in a home where my mother wasn't open about puberty or the changes which were about to happen.  Beginning to menstruate was one of the most traumatic events in my life.  I can remember distinctly not knowing what to do.  I couldn't tell my mom because we just didn't discuss things of this nature.  I ended up getting sanitary pads from the nurse's office at my elementary school.  It was a horrible.  I cried many tears over getting my period.

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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Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

My girls are only nine but are showing signs of development so I am starting to stock up on supplies and am getting ready for the "talk".

Lee-Ann said...

I love this movement - wish when I was young we had it as well - not for me - always been a strong female - but for many others!

ksceviour said...

this sounds great,,go girls!!

Victoria S said...

I absolutely love this campaign. I remember the embarrassment I felt when I first got my period and hope that this helps change that for girls everywhere today. Victoria Ess

David Fultner said...

My wife is on it.

Laurie Bolduc said...

Thanks for sharing!! My daughter and nieces are at the age where they are going through many changes in their bodies and we know that in due time... dear aunt flow will come for a visit.

flowerchild said...

My daughter is 9, I will have to talk to her soon.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

I was lucky to grow up in a very open household. Both my sister & I announced it in "I expected it" sort of way.