How to talk to your daughter about her period.
Throwback to the day your period paid her first visit. Were you prepared? Did a parent (or carer) speak to you about your newfound womanhood?
All our stories are unique and whatever the age, preparing your daughter to learn to embrace her period, without shame, should be a priority for every parent (or carer).
My name is Kristy Chong and I am the Founder and CEO of RED by Modibodi – a teen range of undies and swimwear for first period and teen years. I believe that girls and women should not be afraid of their period, or ever miss out on education, being active or doing the things they love because of it.
Thankfully, I got my first period when I was at home at the age of twelve. When I told my mum, she handed me a Tampax box and told me to read how to use it. Working out how to use it was confusing, and after a number of clumsy attempts, I got it. No further discussion occurred, and I remember thinking I suppose that means I am a woman now.
I have suffered from irregular periods throughout my life and after the birth of my second child I developed a weaker pelvic floor. This is what inspired me to create a product to support both girls and women with their period, sweat or bladder leaks.
Here are my five tips for approaching periods with your daughter.
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR DAUGHTER ABOUT HER PERIOD
BREAK DOWN TABOOS
As a role model for your daughter, instil a positive outlook on menstruation from day dot. It’s never too early to answer questions about menstruation, just remember to do it honestly and without fear. And while you’re at it, talk to your sons about periods too!
It’s also important to set boundaries. While you might want to be super involved in your daughter’s period management, she may or may not. A RED by Modibodi survey found that on average almost one in three of young girls are afraid of talking about periods. Talk to her and respect her privacy if she wants to do it on her own.
Having a pair of RED by Modibodi undies tucked away in her backpack or locker means she can get on at school with the peace of mind that she’s covered if her period starts. She can turn to her period-proof underwear rather than having to navigate the potentially frightening frontier of tampons.
BUST THOSE MYTHS
Address the scary internet rumours around hormones, sore boobs, PMS and period pain. Every girl’s body is different, and Dr Google isn’t always correct.
UP HYGIENE HABITS
Explain to your daughter the need to be extra vigilant when with her personal hygiene when she is on her period. As nights can be daunting for some girls, she might prefer to have a quick shower in the morning and another at night to help stay fresh.
How to talk to your daughter about her period (cont.)
GIVE HER OPTIONS
In 2019, we are lucky to have more options to choose from for managing periods than ever before. Empower your daughter with choice. A RED by Modibodi survey found that for almost 80 percent of our customers (young girls), the primary reason for using the product is to replace disposable period products.
When just 100,000 young girls use Modibodi alone from the start of their menstrual cycle, this would prevent 11 billion disposable hygiene products from ending up in landfill or 1.5 million garbage bags of waste.
The next generation of Australian women are environmentally conscious in all aspects their lives, it’s important that as parents, we respect that!
And if your daughter has problematic skin, you can find something to help her here: 6 Teenage skin care products that actually work.