I grew up in Japan. When my older sister got her very first period, we had a traditional Japanese celebratory dinner. When I got mine, we had another one. All my friends had a family celebratory dinner at this important event of their lives. It is to celebrate and welcome the little girl into a womanhood. I never talked to my dad about my periods, but he was, of course, included in the celebratory dinner so he knew what was happening with us girls.
I want to encourage moms and dads to celebrate this beautiful event in your daughter’s life, to acknowledge her as a woman. This way, she wouldn’t dread her periods, or think it is something she should avoid. Instead, celebrate with her. This attitude will go a long way in her life. If she knows it is nothing to be dread, she knows to seek help when there is dreadful cramps. She will pay more attention to her cycle, and thus, will know when it becomes irregular. Menstruation is a very important piece in women’s health. You want your daughter to pay attention to her period.
Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and a mom of two wonderful boys who taught me a lot about unconditional love