As a parent, it’s likely that it’s been a while since you experienced puberty. Can you think back to what your own puberty was like? Was it awkward and bizarre? Now’s your chance to be a helping hand for your child during this transitory time. The role you play during this transition is vital so it’s a good idea to prepare yourself in order to alleviate any stress or worries your child might have about growing up. Keep reading to find out what you can do as a parent to help prepare your AFAB (assigned female at birth) child for their first period.
Talk About It Together
Having an open and honest conversation with your child about what is happening will help ease them into it. Going through puberty and starting to menstruate is a weird time in a child’s life, regardless of the age they start getting their period. Talking about things openly helps to normalize periods and puberty. Create a comfortable and safe space for your child to raise any questions they may have about it with you.
There are many different topics to bring up before your child’s first period, such as:
- The colour of the menstrual blood
- Blood clotting
- Sleeping with a tampon in
- How to put a tampon in
- Cramps and period pains
Be Hands On
Many children don’t know how to use period products such as tampons, pads, or menstrual cups before getting their period, which only adds to feelings of stress and anxiety. Take away the fear of the unknown by showing your child the variety of options they have: tampons, pads, menstrual cups and leakproof period underwear. Most children who get their periods will start with pads as they tend to be the easiest to use, but Kt's period underwear are a great alternative that are less bulky, seamless, and tagless. Your child can wear them just like normal underwear, whether they have their period or not. Your child can wear them just like normal underwear, whether they have their period or not. There are no rights and wrongs in this scenario. Here’s a post they can read on how to choose which period products are right for them.
Pack a First Period Kit
Packing a first period kit for your child will take away the stress and anxiety they might feel while being at school or out. You can put all the products in a small pouch. Our underwear pouches are perfect for this! Some must-haves for the first period kits are:
- Whatever they want to use for period protection.
- A secret chocolate stash, so they can have a little treat when they need it the most.
- Leakproof Period Underwear
Click here to read more about which items you should be packing in an emergency first period kit.
Tracking Their Period
Once the first period has come and gone, you may want to consider teaching your child about tracking their period. This may remove any future stress about surprise leaks at school. You can download a period tracking app or go old school and download the Kt printable period tracker. It’s important to remember that the first few years of your child’s period can be seemingly random and irregular at the beginning, so surprises might still come around.
If you’re a menstruating parent, do you remember your experience? If you have a funny personal anecdote to share, go ahead and do so. Sharing your experiences will remind them that they’re not alone in any way. Reassure your child that what is happening is totally normal and all menstruating teens go through it. Remember, it’s all about creating a safe and comfortable environment for your child to learn.
At the end of the day, your child is going to have to go through their first period experience one way or another. It may not be easy or pleasant, but you can use your role as a parent to guide them through this transitory time with care and compassion. Share personal stories, remind them that first periods and everything they are going through is normal, make an emergency first period kit (link) together, and remember to be open and answer their questions. Education and knowledge can help ease their nerves, and also bring you both closer together.
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