Having the Talk
Well, now that you are seeing your daughter grow up, you are wondering how to go about initiating ‘the’ talk with her. Talking to your daughter about puberty and periods could seem a little difficult. But with all the physical and emotional changes that she would be going through, it is a good idea to have an open and honest conversation with her.
How to talk to your daughter about puberty and periods? This is the question a lot of parents’ would be facing.You or your daughter could feel some amount of awkwardness around this conversation, which is normal, and probably won’t be a successful conversation in the first go. Nonetheless, there are ways to work around explaining puberty to your daughter.
Puberty usually starts between the ages 9 and 13, during which your daughter will experience most, or all these changes cited below-
- Developing breasts
- Vaginal discharge
- Body hair growth
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Broadening of Hips & Thighs
The first signs of puberty in your daughter will open a window for relevant conversation. Having regular talks to help your daughter understand the changes she’s experiencing & how to cope will make her feel comfortable and at ease.
If you’ve noticed signs of vaginal discharge in her underwear, reassure her that it’s perfectly normal. This is also the perfect time to explain periods to your daughter. Being completely open about facts is key! Introduce her to Whisper Liners, which can help her feel fresh all day long, and keep the awkward wetness of the vaginal discharge away.
Give her plenty of assurance that there is no reason for her to be self-conscious as all her friends are going through these changes or will be soon! If there have been no signs of starting puberty by the age of 13, make it a point to speak to your doctor for advice.
When you get down to explaining puberty to her, avoid euphemisms. The only reason being that she must understand that there is nothing to be embarrassed about getting periods or nothing to feel ashamed of.
In recent times, with growing awareness and acceptance of women’s menstruation , it has been rather easy to deal with this. However, there still are pockets in society that do not freely talk about periods.Hence, the more you encourage everyone in the household to be open about puberty and periods, the better it will be for your daughter.
As a father, you could go pick up sanitary pads from the shop or have your son put the period products in the room when unpacking the shopping. There is no need to explicitly announce but you can let other members of the family know that you have your period, so that as her mother, you are able to make her understand that periods are normal.
Once you’ve mastered the art of explaining puberty to your daughter, it’s time to make sure she’s fully prepared for when the day of her period arrives. Show her the different types of period products available in the market – sanitary pads, tampons with various shapes and sizes, menstrual cups, and panty liners. Most girls prefer to start with sanitary pads. Whisper Ultra pads provide up to 100% protection so help her with the correct size and shape. Pack a ﬁrst-period kit for her school bag (never know when she gets her very first period ). Do not forget to pack an extra pair of underwear and hand sanitizer in her ready-to-use pouch.
With a lot of exposure these days, your daughter would in all probability already have a hint of what’s coming her way, but that shouldn’t stop you from talking to her. After all, as her parent, you should be the first one she would approach for all her doubts, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on being an important part and being there for her through this milestone of her life.