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Tips for talking
to mum and dad
about periods

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The idea of talking to your mum and dad about your period and all the other stuff that’s’ happening to your body can be pretty awkward!

One thing’s for sure, your mum's gone through it too, so she'll know what it feels like and as embarrassing as it may be, once you’ve had the chat you’ll feel so much better about it.

SO JUST HOW DO YOU START THE CONVERSATION OFF????

  • 1. You’ve probably got a lot of questions, but don’t feel you have to ask them all at once. Take it slow, chats need only last a couple of minutes and can happen anywhere, in the car, when helping to lay the table for dinner, or when out shopping.
  • 2. Ask your mum how she felt when she was growing up, you could ask how old she was when she hit those special milestones herself, such as her first bra, first period, first kiss etc. If she starts chatting about her own experiences, it’s only a matter of time before the conversation moves over to you and how you feel.
  • 3. If you’ve got brothers and sisters and never get any time alone with your parents, then why don’t you ask to go on the weekly food shop with your mum or dad and ask to look down the pads and tampon aisle to see what products are on offer. After all you may not want to use the same products that your mum uses and our Lil-Lets teens range has been designed for girls who are new to periods.
  • If you live with your dad, don’t worry, he’ll know all about periods too, but if you find it hard to discuss this with him, then ask a female family member for some help, an aunt, older sister or grandmother will be more than happy to speak to him for you. Alternatively, you could leave him a note with a list of things you need when he next goes shopping, such as antiperspirant, wipes etc. add a pack of pads to your list and he’ll soon get the message.
  • 4. How about sending a text? That way you’ll avoid any initial embarrassment from your side. They'll understand and be proud that you have found a way of letting them know you are now ready to talk about periods and puberty.
  • You could even send them one of our e-cards and if you know their e-mail address and we can do the asking for you!.


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Lil-Lets Video
Managing your period

It's always good to be prepared whether you have or haven't started your period.

This chapter gives you some advice on what to expect and tips to manage your period.



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SUMMERKIWI

Hey everybody! I found this website and its so amazing! I'm 14, and started my period about a year ago now. I've gotten comfortable with using tampons which was a big accomplishment for me! :) if anyone has any questions about periods and my experience I'm happy to answer and help! Just put my name in your question so I know to answer. :)) -SummerKiwi

Gigi

I found out about this website from a book my mum gave me on puberty and I am so thankful I found out about it! The comment sections are really friendly, Vicki is amazing and helpful, and I've found out so much and I'm not scared of getting my period anymore because I've got so many tips.

To Macaroni Elbow

I was super excited too!

SummerStyles

Hi I just wanted to say this website is amazing! I wanted some tips on my period and only does it do that but gives how to videos, comments section, blogs, a whole load of information on just about everything and it even has a place where you can ask your own questions !!! Another thing is that it is really easy to use and super helpful 💜 ... Nobody is judged and they can get tips on everything 🌼 thank you so much lil lets for this amazing website 😌👑 From Summer x 💛

Re-Hani

Dontworry your period is not as bad as you may think, it usually starts then after that you may or may not have another one the same time the next month it just depends on the person I got mine when I was 13 so don't be scared to get it and ask your mum if you have any questions that is the best person to go to because just remember she went through everything you did! XOXO Catherine age 15

macaroni elbow

i was super excited to get my first period, if ur wondering that's totally normal! Some girls are excited, nervous, anxious, it's all normal :)

house pant

It was SO awkward to tell my mom. But don't worry, it's worth it bc if I hadn't I wouldn't have any pads to use!

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