Preparing your daughter for her first menstrual period

Michael Bradley, EdD Adolescent Behavioral Specialist, shares advice for parents on the best methods for getting your daughter prepared for her first menstrual period
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Preparing your daughter for her first menstrual period

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To prepare your daughter for her first period, from a very early age you want to be using the words “period,” “menstruation,” and so forth, so that it becomes natural– not something “Oh my god!,” no running off to the dark room to talk about. It’s just a fact of life, it’s what happens with women. Second, try to pose it as something very special. You know, the guys don’t get this. They can’t create babies inside of them. This is unique to women. This is like pretty cool. Third, be realistic about the downside– that there is pain and it is messy and it does disrupt your life to an extent. But you just say, “That’s the price you pay for the uniqueness.” Fourth, tell your daughter when her first period hits, “We’re going to have a celebration because it’s a very special event. It’s an incredible moment in your life. You’re becoming a young woman.” How she wants to celebrate is between her and mom. Some girls want to be private. They don’t want the whole family to know. They don’t want their brothers to know, and that’s okay. Respect her privacy but tell her, “Whatever kind of celebration you want, that’s fine, because it means you’re growing up and I’m just so incredibly proud of you.”

Michael Bradley, EdD Adolescent Behavioral Specialist, shares advice for parents on the best methods for getting your daughter prepared for her first menstrual period

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Michael J. Bradley, EdD

Psychologist, Author & Speaker

Michael J. Bradley, EdD, award-winning author, has counseled adolescents and their parents for over 30 years and currently has a private practice in suburban Philadelphia. As a recognized specialist in adolescent behavior and parenting, Dr. Bradley is in demand as a speaker and facilitator for mental health professionals, educators, and parenting groups. He has appeared on over 400 radio and television shows, including CNN, The Today Show and Good Morning, America, and has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers such as USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Parents Magazine. His website forum is a great source of advice and encouragement to parents.

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