Best Approach for Telling Girls about Periods

I remember being told about why girls have periods periods by one of my parents when I was about 9. I think that they did a good job of it, but with hindsight, I think that there are probably things I would do different telling my own daughters about it. I shall share some of the tips for the best approach for telling girls about periods that I can think of myself.

First of all, you should make sure that you know enough about them yourself. Dads can explain periods to girls just as well as mothers can because it is all about telling the facts in a way that your daughter doesn’t feel embarrassed or confused about. Even women who have been having periods for years are not fully aware about the reasons why they happen and what different cycles different women can experience.

Make sure that you tell your daughter about periods when she is young enough not to be having one. There are girls who can start their periods from as young as 10, and there have been cases of girls starting them at an even younger age, so you should try not to leave it any later than the age of 9. If there is more than one parental figure in the house, it is important that the person that the girl feels most comfortable with talking about this kind of thing tells her about the periods. Sometimes the mother is the one who the daughter will go to for emotional advice whilst the father is the one she will talk to about her homework or to find out about worldly things. You shouldn’t feel upset that your daughter feels she can open up to one parent more than the other as this is quite common.

Make sure that you tell the daughter about periods when you can get her full attention. This is important because you will need to tell her calmly, slowly and carefully to ensure that you don’t miss out any details or frighten her. You should make sure that she is in a receptive state where she will listen to you and have time to ask plenty of questions. Have a diagram. It always helps if you can show her a detailed diagram about how everything works and make sure that you can explain as fully as possible, pausing at each stage to let her ask you any questions.

Make sure that you do tell her that many people get pains and if she is ever worried about the pains to talk to you or anyone else that is around her so that she can feel at ease. I remember that I was in severe pain for about a month before my first period and I didn’t speak to anyone about it and scared myself half to death that my appendix was about to burst. Whilst I think this is quite funny now, I was genuinely terrified at the time because I wasn’t told about the pain.