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Teaching Kids About Periods

Many young girls feel underprepared for their first period. Although most will have a general idea of what to expect, fear and embarrassment are all too common.

You may remember a day at school when the girls and boys had separate lessons that briefly explained the ins and outs of puberty. For a great number of children, this is the only official information they’ve received about menstruation. Cleary, this is insufficient—and where schooling is lacking, parents and mentors must step in.

A girl on her first period will need to know:

  • What happens in her body before, during, and after her period, what a normal periods looks, feels, and smells like, and how to tell if something is wrong.
  • How often periods should occur (at her age and later in life), how long they typically last, and how intense they are likely to be.
  • What the symptoms of PMS are and what can alleviate them.
  • What symptoms could be indicative of pregnancy, or a disorder.
  • What her feminine hygiene options are, how to choose those best suited for her, and how to use them properly.
  • How to take good care of her nether regions.

Regardless of whether or not you have incorporated this information into her upbringing, you will need to make sure she is aware of what she is up against when the time comes. Emphasise that you are willing to accommodate her needs, but pay attention to her feelings on the matter. It is, after all, the beginning of a long and arduous journey that comes with being a woman.

At what age should one bring up menstruation with kids? What is a good way to practically prepare for a girl’s first period? Read more about Teaching Kids About Periods here.

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