Parenting can be a struggle at times, and we all wonder at one point if we're doing it right, while just trying to do the best that we can. It's a whole new ball game when those kids grow up a little and hit puberty. It's a topic that needs to be brought up, but as a parent, it can feel awkward. I actually delegated that task to my husband, since we have boys. But what about parents of girls? There is a whole lot more going on with them, and I've got a simple solution on how to talk to your daughter about her period that I'm going to share with you. This post is sponsored by Penny Pack , though all opinions are my own.
What if there were a product on the market that could take all of the guesswork out of talking to your daughter about her period? That would be great, right?!
Well, I've got great news for all of you parents of girls! Penny Pack is designed to do just that. It has everything you need on how to talk to your daughter about her period!
Quit guessing on how to talk to your daughter about her period!
Designed as a tool for parents, caregivers and pediatricians to be given before a girl starts her period, Penny Pack helps to educate girls about their period in a fun, engaging way. Built to boost confidence, it has everything that your daughter will need to be ready for her first period. Within the Penny Pack package are five elements that are key in helping to start the period discussion.
- A personalized, hand-written note from the gift giver congratulating their young girl.
- Girl’s Guide: written by a pre-teen and edited by a pediatrician, this candid guide covers everything period-related: the definition of what a period is, clues about associated body changes, practical advice about topics most girls experience such as cramps, and hands-on tips for shopping and using pads/tampons.
- Readiness Kit: a small, lightweight clutch that is fully stocked with 100% organic cotton tampons and pads.
- There’s Something New About You, a book that enlightens and educates girls with honest information, useful advice and tips from award-winning doctors Melisa Holmes, MD and Trish Hutchison, MD, aka The Girlologists.
- Penny Pack App, the mobile app for ongoing period-related information and educational tools. The App features quizzes to help master period knowledge, an extensive video library featuring Girlology puberty content, practical advice, and tips on topics like managing pain and more.
The Girl's Guide book was actually written by Carmen, the 14 yo daughter and of the Penny Pack's founder, and the co-creater and driving force behind its creation. Carmen is successfully pitching the Penny Pack to pediatricians offices around the state of Massachusetts, and has so far created a lot of interest from the offices that she has visited!
I feel that the Penny Pack could be a great resource, and a starting point for girls and their parents to discuss menstruation. It can help break down those walls and relieve the tension and anxiety of talking about a sensitive subject.
Now, there are a lot of questions when it comes to talking to our daughters about their periods, and I've helped to answer some of them below, in the hopes that it will help you along your parenting journey.
When should you talk to your daughter about periods?
The average age that a girl starts her period is about 12 or 13 years old. However, many start before that, and this is definitely a topic that you want to discuss before it happens. It might be good idea to start the discussion at age 10 or 11.
What are the signs of a girl about to start her period?
On average, girls get their first period about two years after their breasts start to develop. Vaginal discharge is another sign that a girl will soon get her period, and generally happens six months to one year before her first period. However, many girls may not discuss this with a parent, so you may not know if that has happened.
What age should you talk to your daughter about puberty?
Most girls begin puberty 2 years before their first period. The average age of a girl having her first period is 12 or 13 years old. However, girls can also get their first period as young as 9, or as old as 16.