Our daughters are starting their periods earlier and earlier it seems. My daughter is only nine, but some girls are starting their cycles are early as eight years old! The earlier you sit down and talk with her, the easier it will be for her to understand and deal with.
I know, I know…..no one wants to sit down and have this talk with their young daughters……
But you have to. Imagine being eight or nine years old and not understanding what is going on. So much of her body is changing and she needs to really understand what is going on. It’s not as hard as you’d think!
Step 1: First Period Facts
You want to provide your daughter with the information and facts that will make sense to her. You can find great information on the U by Kotex Tween website!
Here are some to get you started:
- Most girls start their period between the ages of 8-16
- Most girls weigh at least 100 lbs before beginning menstruation
- Pubic hair begins to grow during early puberty
- Hair normally begins to grow on the girl’s underarms and legs around the time breast growth begins
- Girls normally go through a growth spurt when their breasts begin to develop, this will give them about 95% of their full height
- Sweat glands kick in and she will probably need to start using a deodorant
I’ve already began these talks with my daughter. It isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. When I showed her the boxes of pads, she just shook her said and told me how boys have it so easy. Ha! They learn so early!
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of U by Kotex Tween and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.