Preparing For The Big Day…My Daughters First Period

February 7, 2006

As you are well aware, my daughter is 11-years-old. We have celebrated some of the first milestones. First bra? Check. Self-conscious of body hair? Check. First shaving of legs and under arms? Check. Proper cleansing of hair and body? Check. What’s left? Her period. Or as kids her age are calling it….THE DOT.

I spoke with my daughter and explained to her what she should be expecting.  Her body is changing and she is VERY aware.  It’s an exciting time.  It’s a scary time.  Because, as a mother, you always see your children as your babies.

So, I got online to see if I’m on the right track.  I read in an article entitled Preparing for Her First Period the following suggestions…and? Check!

Tell her what’s coming
These days, a girl can get her period anytime between age 8 and 13, so you’ll want to broach the topic before your daughter actually starts to menstruate. That way, she won’t be alarmed by the blood or any discomfort she may feel.

EIGHT-YEARS-OLD!!!  My goodness.  Moving right along…

Keep supplies on hand
Stock up on sanitary pads before her first period. Explain how a pad is worn and when to change it. If she’s curious, suggest that she try wearing one to see how it feels. Tampons might be too intimidating for her first time, but have some junior versions available anyway.

TAMPONS??  For a first period??  I don’t think so.  Moving right along…

Take her lead
If she’s excited about her period, celebrate and take her out to dinner, just the two of you. If she wants to keep the news quiet, respect that, and let her tell people only if she wants to (and ask her how she’d like to handle telling Dad, if at all). Either way, be positive; if you seem negative or embarrassed, she might think her period is something to be ashamed of.

So, where should I make reservations??  The Ivy, in Beverly Hills??  J-Lo better watch it!  My baby is becoming a WOMAN!!