How to prepare your daughter for puberty and menstruation
Puberty is a time of massive change
The is the time where our children begin the transition from kids to adults. It can be anxious, exciting, difficult and challenging all in one. There are ways that you can help your daughter through this stage and preparation is the key.
Having 'the talk'
Back in the day, parents sat their children down and had 'the talk' about the birds and bees and our changing bodies. While it's great to talk to our daughters, the discussion about puberty should be more than just one chat or lecture. The best way to prepare your daughter for the big changes she's about to go through is to have a series of frank discussions. These can begin quite young and don't have to be detailed in the beginning. Just opening up the channels of communication and laying a good foundation of trust is the best way to start. This way your daughter will feel comfortable and secure talking to you.
The details of puberty
As she begins to get closer to puberty, this is the time to talk about all the nitty gritty details. Explain how her body is going to change – breasts growing, underarm and pubic hair sprouting, needing to use deodorant, etc. Talk about menstruation, what will happen when she gets her first period, about sanitary protection and what to expect. If she has as much knowledge as possible before her first period arrives, she won't feel scared about what's happening to her. Your daughter will also feel comfortable coming to you and talking about what is happening and any questions she may have.
Prepare a period pack
Prepare a pack of sanitary products that she can carry in her school bag, in case she gets her period while out and about. This is a good chance to talk about what different products (ie pads, tampons, liners) can be used and when. It will also make her feel more confident about what is happening to her.
Boost her self-esteem
During puberty a young girl's self-esteem can take a battering. Her changing body can make her feel self-conscious and embarrassed. You can help her by complimenting her looks and making her feel good about herself. A girl who feels confident will be able to handle the big changes with greater ease.
Find more Tweens to Teens articles
- 10 ways to have a positive influence on your children
- 5 simple solutions to raising kids
- 7 reasons teens are just like toddlers - only bigger
- Boundaries, teenagers and not fencing them in
- Help! My child is a social media alien
- Helping your teenager with friendship problems
- Tackle teenage acne
- The bumpy transition from childhood to adolescence
- Why parents should stop doing so much for their kids