Big Knicker Day: November’s Donation Drive

On 22nd November  we carried out our second donation drive of 2017 and AGAIN we were so overwhelmed by the support and positive feedback regarding our initiative.

We collected over 1400 individual menstrual products on the day, which is amazing!! Due to the high levels of interest, we have continued to collect a few additional items so the final number is still rising.

Thank you to all those who supported by providing sanitary products and donating monies in person or via our Go Fund Me , we appreciate you all.

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You can read about our first donation drive here.

 

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Parent Talk Series: Table Talk

This week’s edition to Parent Talk is from Cut who pride themselves on being the Greatest Storytelling company ever!

Talking periods is awkward and at times pretty funny for some of the families featured in this clip. However, it stresses how important these conversations are.

The video also highlighted to us, at Periodical Diary, that it is not just about having the one ‘talk’ but a series of little talks. This is turn creates an open and continuous dialogue for both parent and child regarding all things menstruation, leaving less room for uncomfortable conversations.

Parents and carers can you identify yourself in any of these parents?  We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

Liked this? Then check out the other entries in this series:

Parent Talk Series: Preparation is Key

Parent Talk Series: Motherhood

Parent Talk Series: Celebrate and Party!

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Parent Talk Series: Celebrate and Party!

The awesome ladies of Dear Period have contributed to week’s Parent Talk Series. They emphasise the powerful tool that is communication in breaking the perception that Periods are a taboo. They are also pretty cool Period Party Planners!  

I am in my 50’s and still waiting for my “period talk” from my mother…and yes, the anticipation will continue as period talk is still taboo for her generation.  As soon as my daughter arrived into this world something systematically told me that she deserved a “period talk”, and there would be no age restrictions.

By “period talk” in the early years, as in toddler years for my daughter, exposure to the word period and period products were discovered early on for my daughter, M.  You see, toddler M rarely liked to miss a bathroom session which meant broaching the subject matter early on including what was “this stuff Mommy had in her whoo-whoo”.  Early on the biggest hurdle on broaching the subject was the topic of blood and that there was no reason to get a band-aid.  As M got older, her exposure to all things period never ceased including any conversations with my friends.  If you cannot tell yet, M was a five-year old going on twenty-one.

With the large variance in age on when a period can begin, M was empowered with both knowledge and security to discuss the topic from the topic never being taboo in our household.  When M was twelve years old, she received her first period.  To celebrate the occasion, we hosted a Period Party.  We asked that everyone wear red, served red cupcakes, red everything.  We figured why not…let’s embrace this new bloody friend with a large welcome party.  M’s friends (both with their periods and without) had an absolute blast.  Our goal was to make the topic non-taboo, and to hopefully assist any future comrades that would be getting their period shortly.

By all means, our household is not the “norm” for period talk, but discussing and accepting the natural occurrence early on in our house hold made the transition exciting over frightening for M and the parents.  In retrospect, our household would not have changed a thing even with all of the interrupted bathroom visits early on in M’s period career.  Our challenge is now for M to defy the rules for her generation.

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Parent Talk Series: Motherhood

Welcome to the second instalment of Parent Talks: This week we have Leah, one half of Motherhood Reconstructed , Leah is a Proofreader, Graphic Designer and mum to a soon to be 11 year old daughter.

Here’s Leah’s experience:

My daughter (by the daily updates she gives me from her class) is a late developer. Is it bad that I’m happy about this? In recent weeks she has despaired over her lack of underarm hair, her lack of boobs and the fact that a girl in her class has started her period. She is 10 😔.

This has ignited a fire in her and prompted her to be uber prepared for her own period. It started with a trip to Boots where we purchased a Lil-Lets starter kit. She has unpacked it and repacked it so many times that if she were caught short in the middle of the night and the electricity had gone she would still know what every item was and how it worked.

She has studied the booklet that came with the pack from front to back and back to front and can recite it in whichever order you prefer. She has created her own version which she has expanded upon after interviewing me extensively and at length about pain, swimming and public toilets.

She has made a vlog offering advice to others, but decided that she would wait until she had actually experienced it before officially becoming the PreTeen Period Guru. My poor Dad has also had to endure conversations, although I’m not sure how much she got out of him 😂

She is on daily mucus watch, as this will symbolise the imminent start of her period. The only thing I can liken it to is a pregnant Lady excitedly waiting for her water to burst. However the pregnant Lady is fully aware that her water bursting also symbolises a good few hours of unthinkable pain and unpleasantness.

I have tried to explain without terrifying her (and to no avail), that although it’s fine for her to be prepared and even a little excited (I guess) she’s actually getting really amped up about an experience that for most isn’t particularly pleasant. Although it signifies that your body is ready to do one of the most amazing things it will ever be able to do, once it starts it won’t stop until like forever! Even if after all the years of cramping and bloating you decide that you don’t want babies it will still continue. She actually wasn’t impressed with that stat.

I’m sure our teachers never made us feel excited about it. I definitely remember being confused and a little embarrassed if I remember correctly. I’m really impressed with her school for the way they have handled it and the way they have got 9 and 10 year olds talking freely about it. They’re definitely helping to develop a generation that won’t be hiding tampons in their sleeves, or that are too embarrassed to go to the bathroom midway through Maths. They were even told that if they need to go to the toilet and are refused for whatever reason they should go anyway. Lol.

I am in absolute awe of how ready she is, of how confidently she is accepting that this change will happen and rather than being afraid or scared of it she is arming herself with the knowledge to deal with it to the best of her (full 10 years of) ability. It definitely won’t come as a shock like it did to me and I really hope she starts it when I’m there, as anyone else will more than likely be traumatised by the amount of information she’ll be willing to share 😂

Is it bad that I hope her late bloom lasts as long as her Dads did? He was unable to grow a full beard until way into his 30’s. I however sprouted a beard in my bloody teens! Can you say trauma?!!! Teenage hormones SUCK! 😂😂

Hope your girls are also stepping into preteen hood, with confidence, support and oodles of information x

Leah

Find out more about Motherhood Reconstructed: Authentic Narratives of Black Motherhoood

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Parent Talk Series: Preparation is Key

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.

If you would like to find out more, please contact us.

Kaye x

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