That special time in your daughter’s life has arrived.
Your daughter is either about to have her first period or maybe she started having her period recently. You remember the apprehension from your early puberty days about having to deal with blood and pads, and maybe that fear of not even knowing when it might happen next. We all have our scary and embarrassing stories.
Looking back, what is the one concept you would want your daughter to understand so her experience can be a positive one?
If it were my daughter, I would want her to have a way to know how she can determine when her next period will start. Young girls are very self-conscious and don’t want to be surprised by this significant event.
In my long-awaited new book, I’m a Girl, Hormones! now available on Amazon, I teach young girls about the changes they will experience each day of their menstrual cycle. One tool I’ve developed is a specially designed calendar to predict their next period.
In this book the girls are asked to calculate, on a two-month calendar, when they would ovulate and when their periods would start. They learn that periods do not come on the same day each month so they need be in touch with changes they feel in their body.
Simplified icons are used on the calendars to reinforce important concepts and make it easy for them to understand what is happening to them throughout the menstrual cycle.
Although if your daughter is just beginning to have her period, she might not have one every month and it might not come on a consistent schedule. After she learns to notice the premenstrual signs that I discuss in the book, like her breasts feeling swollen and tender, or feeling some cramping in her lower pelvis, she will be able to predict that that her period is going to happen in a few days. This will give her valuable peace of mind and time to get prepared.
I know, as a mom, that you want your daughter to be confident and to move through this important transition time as smoothly as possible.
The knowledge in this book is designed to accomplish that goal and set her up with positive expectations. I have also provided more valuable insights to deepen her (or your) understanding and compliment the teachings from the book on my website.
My mission is to partner with parents to teach young girls about their body so they can have confidence.
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