Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Playtex. As always, opinions expressed are my own.
Do you remember where you were when you got your first period? I’m sure you do. You probably also remember your feelings about it. Were you completely prepared for it – or did you feel confused, scared or anxious?
I know my mom had talked to me about it, but I still had a lot of questions and wasn’t very comfortable asking them. There were a lot of myths floating around about periods, and I had no ideas which things were true and which ones weren’t.
- Can I swim when I have my period?
- Should I sit out of gym class?
- How old do you have to be to wear a tampon? Are they dangerous?
- Are these cramps normal or is something wrong with me?
If you have a tween daughter, you want to make sure that she is well prepared for her first period, and knows exactly what to expect.
Of course, you would like her to be able to ask you any question she has about puberty, menstruation and everything else that is happening to her body. Sometimes this is easier said than done.
Kids may have questions about puberty but may not be comfortable asking them. You may be met with embarrassment and eye rolls from your tween when you try to talk to her about these things, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep trying!
A great idea to help break the ice about talking to your daughter about her first period is to create a special “period essentials kit” for her. In addition to providing her with supplies she’ll need when the big day comes, you can also add in some fun extras.
Some suggestions for a period essentials kit include:
- A Playtex® Sport® Combo pack, Playtex® Sport® Pads or Playtex® Sport® Liners
- Chocolate or her favourite snack
- A travel-size stain-remover stick
- A heating pad or hot water bottle
- Her favourite movie
- An iTunes gift card
- A book – The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls would be an excellent choice
- A discreet pouch or pack for carrying some of these items on-the-go
With kids these days being so internet savvy, many of them go to Google to answer their questions for them. In addition to ensuring you tell your daughter (repeatedly) that you are here to answer her questions, you should make sure your daughter knows which people and websites she can go to for reliable information just in case she’s too shy or embarrassed to ask you something.
Playtex has created an informative period FAQ page on their website, to help answer any questions your daughter may be wondering about – as well as some handy tips for parents on how to “have the talk” with your daughter about puberty and menstruation. Be sure to check it out if you need any advice.
This summer, Playtex® Sport® is celebrating young women across Canada with an Instagram contest that asks girls to show how they Play On™ for a chance to win one of 8 weekly prizes of a $250 prepaid credit card and a grand prize of a $1000 pre-paid card.
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)