As the first in the Parent Talk Series : Kaye from the Periodical Diary team shares her thoughts on what is available in the school system and when is the right time to have the “Period Talk”
As a mother to a young daughter, I know that she needs to be prepared and I feel that it is my responsibility to make the transition into womanhood is as seamless as possible.
Taking from my own experiences, I knew that I didn’t want the conversation to be a reactive (post first period experience) event. I didn’t want her to be confused, scared or unsure of how to approach the subject.
I want her to be empowered with the knowledge of what to do next.
This thought process was reinforced after experiencing the quality of education delivered to my son during the PHSE (Physical Health & Sex Education) modules in Year 6 – I automatically knew that there was a gap in the curriculum for the parents to fill.
I was more than happy to do so but it did make me spare a thought for those that didn’t have a mother at home or an approachable trusted adult that they could turn to.
The teachers are doing the best that they can with the (limited) resources available but we leave our children open to a playground education if we do not have the discussions at home.
I feel that the earlier it is introduced the better, for us it started with a small gesture such as explaining what a pad was as I unpacked my monthly shop (she was a little shocked that the “mummy nappy” was for blood). I also made a point of walking down the feminine hygiene aisle in the supermarket to show her the range available to make my periods comfortable.
Our discussions are far from over but I know that should Aunt Flo make a surprised appearance she will be prepared.
I believe that as girls are starting their periods earlier these days (from 8 years old), it should be something that is introduced into the education system from Year 4 rather than waiting until they are about to start secondary school. It doesn’t have to be a full explanation but at least planting a seed and opening the door for further discussion.
Preparation is Key
As a reaction to this Periodical Diary offer Workshops to schools were we discuss the health and wellbeing side as the current modules only cover the biological elements.
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