How do you talk to your teenage girl about her period? Is she open? Shy? I am sorta dreading the day that it comes up, I hope it goes smooth and that my daughter asks questions and is open to suggestions.
I remember starting my period, I was 11 years old and none of the other girls I knew had it yet. I was so shy about it, even to my mother! Tampons (which are currently a life saving device) were not an option at that stage for me, I was all about pads. It was so uncomfortable to play at recess with a huge saddle-sized pad between my legs. Also, I felt like it was visible from the back, like it was sticking out or something!
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BeingGirl.com offers the following tips for parents to and teens to talk about mensturation. They are written in the perspective of daughter-to-mom, but I can see them working both ways. Dependent upon your relationship with your daughter, you can:
- Keep it casual – Maybe the idea of a big sit-down with your [daughter] seems intimidating. So, try opening the conversation casually.
- Write it down – If it’s hard for you to start a face-to-face discussion, leave your [daughter] a note. Some teens prefer it that way, so if you can’t get through to her any other way, a note might work.
- Be direct- You could take a straight-up approach and just tell her your feelings. Also, try asking about her feelings, she just might open up to you. Then, you can offer your advise and suggestions.
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Disclosure: I received samples from P&G to facilitate this post. Prize fulfillment will be handled by the sponsor, all opinions are my own.