How Should You Approach Chatting With Your Daughter Regarding Her Period?

 

Do you remember when you started your period? Of course you do – it’s a big day, isn’t it? I remember when I first started my period; I was older than most of my friends and I had been anxious for it to arrive for a while as I felt like I was missing out on being a “real woman”, even though I was only 14. Most of my friends “started” before 12, so you can imagine how I felt, being the only one who hadn’t…

 

Puberty can be an extremely confusing time, especially for girls. Luckily, Lil-Lets have a variety of products available that can help make the process of developing into an adult easier to manage and cope with. 

 

Alongside Lil-Lets, I’ve come up with a few steps of how you can tackle the challenging experience of having ‘the talk’ with your daughter, sister, or any female relative! I remember when my mum had the talk with me; I was SO embarrassed but looking back now, I don’t know why that was…

 

She explained everything so well to me, and gave me the chance to ask any questions, but I was just too embarrassed. So what she did – which is pretty smart – was bought me a book about periods, so that I could search for my own answers! (I would definitely recommend this, even if your daughter doesn’t get embarrassed, it’s still a good idea!)

 

Make sure your daughter is prepared in advance

 

More often than not, the biggest worry is probably starting your period when you’re away from home or in school. To help prevent this fear, it’s a good idea to store some pads or tampons in a bag that goes with the little lady everywhere, just in case.

 

Teen ranges specifically for this moment are sold in a variety of cosmetic stores across the UK – containing a variety of all products so that your daughter can try each and every one of them out to see which works better for her. (As a teen, I would have loved these kinds of products!) These packages also come in a discreet cosmetic bag so that it can’t easily be identified by others – as a young girl I would have really appreciated this. Wearing a pant liner on a daily basis can build her confidence as it alleviates any fear that she’ll be caught unaware. 

 

The science…

 

What are the basics behind a period? Although it may seem obvious, talking this through may make your daunter more aware of how a period works so that she’s well informed of everything she needs to know about the whole process. Talking through all aspects of her body and periods will really help, and information displaying this can be accessed via a large number of sites.  I’m 26 and I still don’t properly understand periods, so…

 

Run through the products available

 

Although you’ll be used to each product yourself, you may forget that your daughter isn’t used to products similar to this. Once you’ve bought a pack, show her a pad, how she should position it and how to dispose of it afterwards.

 

This should give her the confidence to do it herself next time. If you’d both rather not have this conversation directly, our ‘Becoming a Teen’ YouTube channel features animated videos on how to use pads so she can have a look in her own time.

 

The same applies to tampons as they can be really confusing, especially as they come in both an applicator and non-applicator formats.

Beth Mahoney

Hi! I'm Beth Mahoney, a beauty and lifestyle blogger from Honiton in Devon.

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