The onset of a girl’s first period can be a challenging time for both daughter and parents. While tweens are curious to understand what menstruation is like, parents wonder how to explain this topic to their girls. So, here is a handy tip about what and what not to do.
Treat periods like any other developmental milestones.
While discussing menstruation with your daughter, you should not feel embarrassed or shameful. Neither should you be judgemental about this sensitive topic. Instead, you should present this topic as one of the milestones in your daughter’s life. You should positively discuss the topic so that your daughter will understand the necessary changes in her body.
Reassure Your Daughter It Does Not Hurt Much.
Usually, daughters have a concern about the pain they are going to get through the bleeding. Thus, to deal with this situation, assure your daughter she may get cramps but not much pain during her menstrual cycle. Moreover, to manage these menstrual cramps, she may take the help of a hot water bottle or prescribed medications.
Furthermore, demystify every possible physical detail related to the menstrual cycle. Emphasize that this is not a disease or any sickness; instead, it signifies the onset of a body to become an adult.
Do not Assume that Your Daughter Knows Everything.
Whether your daughter has access to any health education classes at school or not, it is your responsibility, as a parent, to explain everything from scratch. If you are not sure where to start, take the help of your doctor. It is essential to make your daughter aware of her body changes and development regarding fertility.
Get Hands-on with how to use sanitary supplies.
Girls are often afraid of those sanitary materials and get confused too. Get her familiar with sanitary pads and other hygiene products. Shop the necessary supplies along with your daughter. However, while discussing the topic, let her show the things required during these times. You may start keeping an Emergency Kit, containing Sanitary pads, extra sets of panties, a disposable bag, on her bag to let her stay free yet informed.
Avoid discussing the myths and superstitions.
The menstrual cycle is a topic that is linked to numerous myths and superstitions. Thus, refrain from discussing anything negative about menstruation. Instead, you may discuss those situations that may come up in her menstrual cycle. For example, mood swings, bloating, etc. Furthermore, explain to her that bleeding is of about 3 tbs; you may demonstrate with a glass of water and a tablespoon.
Get Father Involved in the Conversation
Father plays a vital role in a positive upbringing of a child. Although a father may not explain things better than a mother, mental support from a father can help a daughter to a great extent. Furthermore, things look normal and acceptable when such things are discussed in front of a father or son. The presence of a father in such discussions adds credibility and genuineness to the discussion.#periods #mindfulparenting