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So as I’ve noticed my eldest has started to enter puberty, I wanted to put something together for her to help manage through these changes and prepare her for more changes to come, including the start of her period!
This is such a period of rapid physical and emotional changes that can be difficult to navigate, especially without guidance and support. It’s a big step in becoming a woman and taking care of your own health. I remember for myself, I was quite young when my period started, still in primary school, but thankfully my mum was really supportive and open to conversations.
Even though we haven’t quite started with periods yet, I thought it was a good idea to be prepared and know what to expect for both of us. So I decided to put together a box of supplies and resources to get the conversations flowing and get prepared for all the changes that are to come…
I’ve also been consuming as much as I can for myself, books and brochures that can help me, as a parent, in teaching girls about their bodies and how to take care of themselves during this new stage of life. I want my girls to feel confident and ready when their period does arrive and bodily changes start (and have started) to happen.
Here are some of the items I put in our “girl stuff” boxes and where I purchased them from if you want to make your own:
It’s important to remember that every person is different and may have different needs and preferences when it comes to managing their periods. It’s a good idea to have a conversation with your daughter about what she would like to include in her “girl stuff” period box and to make sure that she has the supplies she needs to feel comfortable and prepared.
Reading about puberty and menstruation can be a helpful and empowering way for young girls to learn about their bodies and how to take care of themselves during this new stage of life.
Here are some we have purchased or have been recommended
“A Girl’s Guide to Puberty” by Michelle Mitchell – This book is jammed packed with need-to-know information, messages of respect and positive vibes to help tweens face puberty with confidence
“Girl Stuff 8-12” by Kaz Cooke – Girl Stuff 8–12 is the essential younger girl’s guide to puberty and the pre-teen years
“Welcome to Your Period” by Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes – A frank, funny, age-appropriate guide for pre-teens about getting your period, from Dr Melissa Kang (a former Dolly Doctor) and Yumi Stynes (all-round excellent woman).
“Welcome to Consent” by Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes – An inclusive, frank and funny guide to navigating consent for tweens and teens of all genders, from the award-winning authors of Welcome To Your Period.
“Love Your Body” by Jessica Sanders – Love Your Body introduces the language of self-love and self-care to help build resilience while representing and celebrating diverse bodies, encouraging you to appreciate your uniqueness.
“Raising Girls Who Like Themselves” by Kasey Edwards And Dr Christopher Scanlon – Packed with practical, evidence-based advice, it is the indispensable guide to raising a girl who is happy and confident in herself.
“Girlhood” by Maggie Dent – Australia’s queen of common-sense parenting and how we parent our girls from birth to 8 will determine their path as teens and young women.
“The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0” by Michael Carr-Gregg – In this hard-hitting book focuses on the special trials of raising adolescent girls today: what to do when your previously quiet, loving daughter becomes a restless, rebellious stranger who behaves like a responsible adult one day and a vampish brat the next.
As a parent, I think we play a crucial role in helping our daughter feel more confident and capable as she navigates the challenges of growing up. By providing access to resources and support early, I hope I can help her build a strong foundation of self-esteem and self-care that will serve her well throughout her life.
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