If you are a mother then you would agree that puberty is a time of many changes, changes in personalities and various defining event, for a girls a defining event during this development is the beginning of the menstrual function known as Menarche. How can parents prepare their child for this and help them successfully battle this change, here’s a thing or two or more you can do.
WHY IT NEEDS PREPARATION
As said this period of menarche can be a very confusing time for young girls, girls usually experience fear and anxiety because of misinformation or, more frequently, lack of information, however such mixed emotions can prevented with early preparation, as girls who prepare for such experience have a more positive experience with menstruation.
Another reason is that as beneficial as early preparation might be, studies suggest that very few girls are prepared for such. In one survey of 23 participants, nearly one third of the respondents reported that they had not been told about menarche prior to its occurrence. Being caught unawares the girls didn’t know what to do.
It is seen that some of the most negative experience are usually related by those who was ignorant about menarche, therefor it is important that you share information with you daughter before she has her first period.
WHEN SHOULD YOU START
The exact time for menarche varies with locations and body, some as young as 8 and as late as 16, 17 can experience this step to maturity.
Having this knowledge it therefore implies that information sharing about menarche should start early enough, probably talks about body changes can be started by age 8, but the most important thing is that it is done early enough. This isn’t too early as body changes occur between eight to ten as you would notice.
HOW TO TALK (5 Things to do)
1. Pick a quiet place to start such conversation.
It would be best to start with a simple discussion about growing up and maturing, find good introduction to use, you can use such things as “When I was your age I was wondering how to be like to have my first Period”.
2. Focus on the Immediate and Practical aspects of how to deal with menstruation.
This would include how often a period occurs and how much blood is lost, give clear and concrete information.
3. Find Out what she already knows.
This involves giving accurate information, finding out what she must have wondered about, what people might have told her, understand if this are misconceptions, then find out accurate information about yourself and correct such misconceptions.
4. Offer Practical Information
Give practical information on what they can do when they have their period, recommend menstrual product for them, teach them how to use such and probably take a step to take them out for shopping to get such materials.
5. Share Your Experience.
Make them understand that you didn’t fall from heaven, you had your share of such experience, by providing such support through your experience you can offer much-needed emotional support they need.
6. Present Factual Material simply
Often times you can get materials that educates on this materials, this can be gotten from health care practitioners or from a book store. Choose materials that adapt to your daughters age and ability to grasp. She may require to read it alone, or want you to read together, take your time to explain such materials content simply.
7. Promote continuous Learning
Start Early, run through the process and then continue such talks as necessary, even after she starts.
Understand that this is part of your responsibility to educate your child on such subject, indeed it is your responsibility and you might be the one to start the discussion and then continue through, this might frustrating but do not give up. Be patient.