I was especially interested in this campaign because I have a 12 y/o that is constantly asking me when she’ll be getting her period. Yes, really. I regularly get summoned into her room to have a “private” conversation about when her period will start and why her breasts are not growing. I am really not sure why she thinks I would have that kind of information but even if I did, is it really something she’d be happy with?
As a member of Hometester Club, I received a box filled with Libresse sanitary pads, pantyliners and cute books packed with all-you-need-to-know information for little ladies that are about to or have already gone through this life changing experience as part of a campaign for moms and daughters between the ages of 10 – 15. It is such an awesome initiative and couldn’t have come at a better time. Even though I’ve basically gone through everything there is to know about menstruation with her, the book offers some great tips and advice that will definitely come in handy. The products itself is something that I will definitely purchase again especially the pantyliner, they are super thin and amazingly absorbent as promised on the packaging.
Even though have had this conversation with her a million times already, added some gory details to the whole explanation of menstruation and becoming a woman, Azaria is still counting the days and the hours to when this day will arrive.
When I first got my period at the age of 12, I sobbed. Not because I thought that something was wrong with me but because the idea of becoming a woman (as my mom told me), was too much for me to handle. The cramps and everything that came along with menstruation made it so much worse! Clearly I wasn’t ready for it then and I am not ready for it now but clearly there’s nothing I can do to stop it from happening.
For many young girls this can be a terrible experience especially if no-one has given you a heads-up on what you can expect and that alone can make you feel more terrible than what you are already feeling. Helping Azaria be prepared for her first time is my mission and with some info I received in the booklet, I’ve decided on packing a “1st period emergency kit” for her to carry in her school bag to make is less embarrassing for her if it were to happen at school. This is also a great idea for after her first time too.
1st Period emergency kit
All you need is the following items:
- A small toiletry bag (R22,99 from Pep Home)
- 2 sanitary towels
- 1 clean pair of underwear
- Travel sized wet wipes (optional)
Of course, all the items go into the toiletry baggy thingy and is kept in your daughter’s bag.
Being prepared by having this kit on you to not embarrass yourself at school or even when out with friends is not the only thing to teach your child but there are a few other things to make them aware of.
Here are some more tips:
- Create awareness of hygiene when on period (Feeling clean and fresh makes you feel better)
- Explain how the cycle works
- Try to help establish the cycle
- Help seek out the symptoms (tender breasts, acne, cramps)
- Tell her about the moods and emotions too.
Let’s educate our daughters as they become little ladies with the goal to make this sometimes traumatizing experience more pleasant – not that there’s anything pleasant about it.
Do you have any other tips that might be of help?