Recently, I talked to a mom whose daughter had just started having her period. The mom thought her daughter was too young to use a tampon because she was only 11 years old.
One day the young girl wanted to go swimming with her friends and sadly, she was on her period. Her friends convinced her to put in a tampon.
The poor mom felt confused and a little frustrated that her daughter had chosen to follow her friends input and not hers.
In the end, it ended well. The young girl got to go swimming and now she feels confident using a tampon. The mom is happy that this situation is passed and that she won’t have to have that conversation with her daughter again!
I understand how difficult it is for a mom to talk to her young daughter about how to prepare for her period. I’m curious if you might also be wondering about some of the common questions moms ask me about what to say as well?
- How do I start this conversation?
- How much information do I need to give her?
- Will she even want me to help her?
It is certainly even more challenging for a dad to navigate this personal topic.
I initiate this conversation for you.
In my new book, I’m a Girl, Hormones!, I describe the various options available for your daughter to prepare for her period. There is even a page that uses anatomy figures to explain how to insert a tampon.
I realize that not all moms want their daughters to use tampons. If you and your daughter decide it is time to learn how to use a tampon, I think it is important that the information you rely upon is accurate and presented in a sensitive and professional manner.
I dedicated this book to my four granddaughters because I consider the content of this book to be the most important information I can teach young girls as they enter puberty.
I want them to understand how hormones are affecting their daily lives. I also want them to learn why they have a period and how they can be prepared.
These topics are important for all girls to learn.
Knowledge inspires confidence. Let’s make sure the young girls in our lives are the ones doing the teaching because they know more than anyone else.
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