Talking periods for dads
What’s there to say? Your little girl is growing up. It's time to talk periods.
You want to be supportive, we get that. But what do you say? And when's the right time to start the convo?
There's no one right answer. Every girl is different, and every dad is different. Luna believes that talking openly and honestly about periods is a great first step.
Talking about periods before the start of puberty is a good place to begin. But we recommend starting the conversation much earlier than that, so it's a bit more casual.
We get that you're not an expert, but you can use that to your advantage.
Just say, "I'm not an expert but I want to support you and we'll figure this out together".
Or ask her what she knows, so you can gauge her level of understanding - “what do you know about periods?”
Hand her the reigns and she want the answer is.
It's really the understanding, the empathy and the acknowledgement of the situation that's key.
Like most things in life, just showing up is half the battle.
Top 10 tips for talking periods:
Don’t pass the buck – talking about periods should be a dual parental responsibility. Starting the conversation early will build trust, and will encourage your daughter to speak to you about periods and other related issues in the future
Try not to seem embarrassed – There's nothing to be embarrassed about. Periods are totally normal, and you probably know more than she does
Put yourself in her shoes – empathy is a fantastic quality in anyone, sprinkle that stuff like glitter
PMS is real. Honest – it's difficult dealing with hormones and body changes. Just understanding where she's coming from will help her heaps
Make time – Make your little lady feel important, give her your attention. Just spending time with her discussing periods and ensuring she's prepared will make her feel loved and cared for
You’re already her hero – we know you’re a good guy (that's why you're reading this). Just remind her you're there for her
It’s a loss of innocence – getting your period is a loss of innocence, you can't be as carefree as before. You have to remember to change your pad or tampon, manage your period at night - and until girls start using tampons, they can't swim during their periods. So, just be mindful of this
Tampons & Pads – what to know? Well, there are two types of each with different sizes and absorbency levels. Tampons come in applicators (recommended for teens) and standards. Pads come in daytime and nighttime versions, and liners (basically small pads you use at the beginning and the end of your period when your flow is light). That's it.
Luna is here to make this experience positive and fun (ya fun) for you. We've got your back, and know you’ve got this too!
Email us any time, there's no such thing as a dumb question!