Parents & Teachers:
Preparing for a Girl's First Period
When my eldest daughter was 10, our Girl Scout Troop was completing a badge about puberty and developmental changes. Suddenly the parents among us realized that several of the girls would be starting their periods soon.
The New Moon Period Pack
To be prepared for their first period, we had each girl make themselves a New Moon Period Pack, which they all carry with them, to this day.
The New Moon Period Packs included the following things:
- Lifesavers (3) – to remind them that starting their period is not a terrible thing, or to substitute for a parent's hug
- Kotex Ultra Thin Pads (2)
- Ziploc Bag (to keep a clean pair of underwear in, and to bring home any soiled ones)
- In addition, we suggest you put in Boiron Magnesia Phosphorica (homeopathy for cramps). You can buy this at any natural food store and it is OK with most schools – which usually do not allow things like Midol.
We put these items into a little silk purse with a zipper and, as an addition, we printed the following sentences on card-stock and put it in too!
is a celebration, not an emergency.
Soon the girls were giving period packs to their friends for birthdays and moms were asking to buy them.