This month we are talking about “maintenance,” which is probably the hardest for me, as I don’t want to scare my daughter. She understands the moodiness and the swing of emotions that comes along with growing up (and our periods). We have talked about what alleviates the cramps and uncomfortableness such as ibuprofen. I do need to take it to the next level and let her know that accidents happen and not to be worried about it. Her and I are very open and she has asked many questions to prepare for this.
I know I have talked about preparedness and what we have done for school. It’s hard to think ahead sometimes but there are so many places she could be when this happens. Keeping the communication open and dropping subtle suggestions (without embarrassing her) is the key for our family. Once she starts, we will have more in depth conversations as to when and how often a pad is changed and what to do if she waited too long. Still so much to talk about, like the calendar counting and figuring out the signals our body makes before hand.
Our conversations are on going and it never really stops…we just start up where we left off or she comes to me with a question. I am so thankful for great sights like Kotex who will walk us, as parents, through the entire talk. If your daughter likes to check out information on her own, they have a fantastic page for girls, written by girls. It’s called Hello Period.
How have you shared these maintenance factors with your daughters? Any ideas on how to talk to our daughters with ease?