That word PERIOD rings in everyone’s ears like a plague, are we really not in a world where we can talk about it yet? Well I’m ready to step into that world because our young, gorgeous tween girls have got enough to worry about as it is. I don’t know about you, but when I got mine I was given my stuff and sent to the toilet to deal with it on my own. We didn’t really talk about it then or ever again.
So my approach has been totally different with my daughter. I spoke to her before about what would happen and then when it did happen I was an open book about any problems or worries she might have. She knew she could come to me and she sailed through it like a pro. We chatted, we laughed, we cried, but mostly she knew I was there for her.
We tackled all our obstacles along the way, like swimming, as we were on holidays by the beach at the time and she didn’t want to miss out on the fun. We had a cute little bag that she could carry out on our shopping sprees and I was able to advise her on comfy clothes to wear.
We also got a period tracker app so she would have an idea of when she would get them again. Not that it happened that way, it came around the second time earlier than expected but she was prepared and had all her supplies on board.
So you maybe be wondering why I would write about something as personal as this and to most people a little embarrassing. It’s because I know it’s not something easy to talk about. I hope my story is helpful to anyone else heading into this stage with their girls. I remember being worried that my niece would get her first period while visiting her dad after her parents separated. I went to visit her with a little pack of supplies and a little advice on what she was to do if she got it. The very next day she rang me from her dads to tell me she had got them! She was so happy that I’d visited the day before with all the supplies and was grateful for all the advice I had given her that she was able to deal with it with grace.
While it’s not always rainbows and cupcakes with my own gorgeous sweetheart, as the hormones play havoc on her emotions and mine, our clashes at times can be like raving bulls in a china shop! But at least with our monthly visit from Aunty flow she will always know I’m there for her with whatever challenges we come across. (God help me it’s not a boyfriend next!) If I can leave you with anything, it’s that no matter how hard these tween/teen years are, just let them know you are there for them through the good times and bad. An ear to listen and a hug goes along way.