Tips for Parents

Period. Question. Exclamation… Talking about periods can feel like an awkward conversation. But it doesn't have to be. The more mystery that surrounds menstruation the scarier it is is for young girls, so we encourage honest, easy-going conversations.

When is the right time to start talking about menstruation?
It's never too early. Any question a child has about something natural, healthy and normal – a parent should find a way to answer in an honest, age-appropriate way. Menstruation is all of those things.

Tips for ages 2 – 6:

  • A simple rule of thumb is make every new discovery a POSITIVE, TEACHABLE MOMENT.
  • When your child discovers a tampon or pad, use a calm voice that doesn't suggest s/he's done something wrong or touched something shameful… this is really important.
  • Think about how you'd react if s/he pulled your lipstick or nasal spray from your purse.

More tips and suggestions for this age (as well as 7-13) can be found in The Essential Guide to Understanding and Loving Your Cyclein our Starter Kit. We've dedicated an entire section to supporting parents' role in guiding children to a positive understanding of a woman's amazing menstrual cycle.

Of course, when a child catches you off guard with the "period" question, the perfect answer isn't always what comes out! We love hearing funny, cute, or clever stories from our friends and customers. Here are a few of our favorites. We'd love to hear yours! Just add your comment or video to our Facebook page, where we choose a winner every week to receive a free kit.

 

Jennifer from Chicago tells us she wasn't ready the day her five year old found a tampon in her purse and asked mommy, "What's this?" In a moment of panic, she blurted out "They're to put in your nostrils to stop a bloody nose!" (Jennifer laughed at her panic and later ‘fessed up to her daughter.)

 

Katy from San Diego tells us that when her 5th grader overheard a question about tampons, she immediately asked what they were and wanted to see one. Katy had a great conversation with her and then turned it into a science project: the two of them opened one up, filled a sink full of water and watched how they absorb liquid.