9 Tips for Talking to a Girl about Her First Period
As a new mother of a baby girl, it never occurred to me that one day I would be teaching another human being about having a period. I could have never imagined myself doing this but it just recently happened to my daughter which meant that I was having the talk right away. While it's not always an easy thing to discuss, these 9 Tips for Talking to a Girl about Her Period can help you navigate through that time of the month chat.
9 Tips for Talking to a Girl about Her First Period
Talk about menstruation with your daughter as early as possible. As soon as she asks about anything, sit down with her and discuss the basics.
When her first period starts, this is the time to have a more in-depth discussion
Don't just let your daughter watch a video or give her a book to read. This doesn't really allow her to remember or ask questions. A video or a book can be a great follow up.
Have your daughter write down any of her questions. This is the perfect place for her to write down answers as well.
Always ask “What have you heard?” Since girls talk quite a bit, it is a good idea to find of what your daughter thinks she knows. This is a great time to dispel any myths or correct anything that is false.
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Discuss hygiene and how to take care of yourself.
Share ways to feel better and deal with things like cramps, etc.
Share your own experience with your daughter.
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These are great tips. It’s not easy talking to our daughters at such a young age about this.
Thankfully I have boys so I get to avoid this awkward topic of conversation, but it is something I have had to address with students sometimes. So many great tips!
my 9 year old niece is reaching the puberty stage, so these are pretty helpful tips. I’ll be sure to share this with my sister!
This is great advice! I have always been very open with my kids. Having a back ground in biology, I find it is the easiest approach. It is a process the body goes through so there should be no shame. My DD is only 4 but I hope she feels comfortable enough to come to me. My DS10 already had the basic sex talk with me. I was nervous but glad he came to me!
These are really helpful tips. My younger sister is at this age, so it will be helpful to talk to her about it without making her feel awkward!
This is really good advice. Having raised two daughters, this was a big topic around my house.
My period started on Halloween. Luckily I learned enough in health class at school to know what was going on or I would have just thought it was a Halloween curse. lol.
I only have a son so I don’t have to go through this, but my sister has two girls and I remember us talking about it before. 🙂
I know this convo is coming up in our house soon and I am so not ready for it!
I still remember when I tried having a discussion with my daughter about her period for the first time. I don’t think either of us was fully ready for that talk but since the school had it on their agenda I wanted to talk to my daughter first. I love your tip about asking her what she knows first.
I’m currently pregnant with my first daughter. That conversation had never crossed my mind, it seems so surreal to me, but exciting.
We had this talk with our daughter last year, she just turned 12 so it’s coming any day now. Now if we could get her to wear a bra without a fight…
Great tips… I remember my first period started in the early morning. I didn’t know what to do, stayed in the bathroom for long time!
It’s always a good idea to help your daughter be prepared for this time in her life. I knew what it was when it happened but if I had no idea I would have flipped out!
I’m actually excited about talking to my daughter about her period. I wasn’t raised by my mom , and I remember being so scared when I had my period for the first time I didn’t even tell my dad.
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