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This might not have been the way you learned about changes in your body or your parent’s way of keeping you educated on these types of things. Still, leaving a book in your child’s room to refer to can often lead to an educational discussion.
In many cases, for modern-day women, the book might have been left in the room for them to find in an attempt not to embarrass or horrify you with an intimate yet extremely awkward discussion about boys, periods, and hormonal changes.
For myself, I can’t pinpoint the moment I was taught about periods, but because I had an older sister whom I was close with and a very open mother, it never seemed like a big deal and more of an exciting ordeal to become a woman like my mother. I do, however, remember the boys and girls classes being split up and in one room we were taught about menstrual cycles, and the boys were told about god knows what, I never asked to be honest.
My mother was very open about things and there wasn’t a conversation or a question that was out of bounds. It was treated a bit like a celebration of womanhood, and while learning how to put a tampon in wasn’t discussed for a while, I think having a book just to fully educate myself and ask the questions that I didn’t know needed asking, as everyone’s cycle is unique to their bodies, there is just some information that cannot be answered.
Now that we’ve gone through these ups and downs without periods, questions or answers, I want my child to be educated in all aspects. If you cannot find the words or don’t know where to start, then one of these 10 books can do it for you. I would recommend getting a little premixed cocktail for some Dutch courage and sitting down with your little one to get ready for questions.
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With us little girls now all grown up, periods and conversations about womanhood are being less hushed about and now empowered. From openly discussing ways to alleviate discomfort during your period to how to best care for yourself, it’s our job to empower our children no matter what and raise them to be unapologetic for all things natural and beautiful and these books are aiming to help with that.
So let’s talk about it.
This is a great option for your kids aged around eight and nine, as there are some scientific aspects but these are all guidelines. If you think your child will be interested in that aspect, then why not? The book also covers how emotional and embarrassing they might be and how to embrace them and find confidence. Because nothing is more feminine and beautiful than that.
The Red Moon Gang is exactly what I would have wanted as a child. I wasn’t ashamed of my periods but I definitely didn’t feel empowered like I do now. The book is gender-neutral and uses humor to destigmatize and address everything around periods.
It is also important for your boys to know this stuff to prevent ignorance and judgment towards women.
This excellent book is made for all children but considers children who are on the spectrum. It covers several topics, such as sensory issues, who to talk about periods with, and other things that you won’t find in other books about menstrual cycles.
There are 12 different perspectives on periods in this book, from different genders, races and cultural identities. Chances are, your child will find someone they can relate to and refer to if the conversation doesn’t go as planned. Reading other people’s stories and experiences can make you realize they are not alone and will make them feel a lot more comfortable with their bodies.
Yes, there are period novels available for younger readers as well. There are no educational resources available for children, as they are experiencing menstruation at younger ages or seeing others go through it earlier now than ever. But since this pop-up book includes a pop-up vulva and explains all of its parts, it would be appropriate for anyone who wants to learn about anatomy and everything that comes with it.
A practical book that covers pretty much everything you need to know, and who knows, a lot of women now don’t know a lot about their periods. Maybe this one could teach you a thing or two. In a HuffPost interview, Natalie Byrne says, “Everyone’s experiences of periods are different, and I love that as a message for everyone, even if you don’t have a period: Everybody is different, and that’s OK.”
By opting for this one, you’re contributing to an organization that provides menstrual supplies to asylum seekers, refugees, and those who are affected by the period poverty crisis. Byrnes decided to selflessly donate a percentage of her profits to these causes.
Written in association with KT by Knix, a company that produces bleed-in period pants, comes the book Some Periods. The book is perfect for young children because it conveys the idea that “every period is one of a kind” without being overly descriptive.
This book was written for teenagers, but it will still have some helpful advice for adults because you never know. It’s primarily about how periods have different phases. For example, my first period lasted for about a day and then I was irregular for a year and now they are consistently long and painful but they have never set in stone.
Cycles also discuss treatments and guidelines for nourishing the body through these phases, which could help lead to feeling better through this rough time of the month. It has recipes for self-care, movement tips, and explanations for ovulation.
Not only is it helpful for your girls entering their teens but it can also answer the most common questions among teenagers today, like acne and bloating and then, up to later in life, what to know and prepare for.
For younger children, One in a Million is yet another fantastic choice. The book’s empowering perspective on periods is fairly evident from the image of the young girl on the cover, who is dressed like a superhero. In essence, the book uses kid-friendly characters to explain the period cycle and partially explains the science behind it in a way that is still understandable to younger children.
The book is “such a factual, fun, and lighthearted way to introduce a young person to the superpower that is a period,” according to one Amazon review.
This would be a book to reach for if your little one is around their pre-teens. It’s a humorous and very blunt take on puberty and periods and sometimes people need to just hear it as it is. The book is wonderfully illustrated and is extremely inclusive, with topics related to pubic hair, shapes of the female body, how to take care of ourselves in multiple ways and period product options and uses.
It does, however, include a part of women’s history that can be quite frank including FGM and other historical pieces just in case you didn’t want your pre-teen to be educated on those matters.