As a mother to two daughters, it is completely inevitable that they are going to become young women and get their period!
I will admit, it is something I used to dread years ago when I would think of how I would talk to them about it and how they would react.
To be honest, all I could imagine happening was the scene from My Girl when Vada runs, screaming from the bathroom thinking she was dying! Oh, the nightmares I have had over the years.
I thought I would have had a lot longer to prepare for this moment with my oldest daughter than I actually did.
You see I was a “late bloomer”, I didn’t develop as fast as other girls and I didn’t get my first period until I was 15 years old.
By that age, the school had pretty much taught me all I needed to know about getting my period and I don’t even think I went to my parents.
At the time I was living with my father and stepmother so the conversation, to me, felt more awkward than heading to the store and picking up what I needed.
Well, the late bloomer gene certainly didn’t pass down to my daughter, and when she got her first period she didn’t run screaming from the bathroom thinking she was dying!
If you have a daughter you are going to want to prepare a Mom Survival Kit so you and your daughter can be prepared to survive her first period.
Preparing yourself to have the unavoidable conversation with her about her first period, what will happen, how to deal with it and having some tools to explain things, will make it easier on the both of you.
There are so many myths out there about periods and you are your daughter’s first point of contact to debunk those myths and make her more comfortable about having her period. Asking her what she has heard about having her period can help you explain truths and reassure her that any myths she has heard are not true.
Offering a variety of products is great for allowing your daughter to experiment so she can find what works best for her and what she is most comfortable using.
The “Mom Survival Kit” shown here is exclusive to me and is not being sold in stores; however, you can create a similar kit to this for your own daughter.
Creating a Mom Survival Kit is super easy and you can add in things that match your own daughter’s personality and likes.
Some things you can include are:
- Panty Liners
- A Magazine or Book
- Hot Water Bottle or Heating Pad
- Nail Polish
- Gift Card
- Comfy T-shirt
- A discreet pouch for carrying some feminine products on-the-go
Visit the Playtex Play On website to get more tips on how to have “the talk” with your daughter about puberty and menstruation.
Moms, do you have any tips on how you survived your daughter’s first period? Leave a comment below, maybe you can help another mom out!
Disclosure: Although this post has been sponsored by Playtex Canada, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Playtex Canada. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, company, provider or party in question.