When the time came for me to give my daughter ‘The talk’ I was petrified, I’m not really sure why as I have a good relationship with my daughter and no topic is banned from the house, we talk about everything as a family and now that Lucie is older (14) I sometimes wish that some topics were taboo because when she talks about things her friends have said and even things they have told her they get up to would make any parents hair turn white but I digress.
We had the talk about changes in the body and a brief understanding about where babies come from when Lucie was around 6 and I think because it was mentioned early before she had real understanding about what happens it allowed me to expand on this as she became more aware.
Lucie is now 14 and has been fully aware of why women have a monthly period for quite a few years now however she’s now at that age where she’s happy to talk about things that go on with other people but not so much with herself as it’s all a bit ‘cringeworthy’ (her word not mine).
When it comes to that time of the month I always have a rough idea when it’s about to happen as hormones turn her into an argumentative nightmare which she won’t mind me saying as she agrees she changes for the worst, I can sympathise though as I was just the same and she would say I probably still am. I’m not though.
Each month I always leave a good supply of various items in the bathroom that she has access to but I always wonder if it’s enough, should I be asking how she is or will it annoy her? Should I ask if she needs a hot water bottle or will she tell me if she does? Should I bring her some extra treats or will she complain that I’m interfering ?
I was 11 when I started my periods and I remember going into complete denial about the whole thing, I was mortified that this was happening to me and don’t get me started on the cramps, I felt like I was dying they were so painful. Back in 1991 the choice of sanitary protection available wasn’t as great as it is now, the pads given to me by a school nurse were so thick they scared me, no one want’s their child to be scared about something that’s going to happen to them so I’m relieved that sanitary products have improved massively since I was a teenager.
Lucie didn’t get her first period until she was 13, some of her friends had theirs at 9 so I think the earlier you approach the subject the better so that your daughter is aware of what could happen to her body. To make things more pleasant for your teenager there is a new subscription box on the market called Teen Parcel which is a monthly subscription service to help make that time of the month a little bit nicer, you just need to let them know if you prefer towels or tampons, what size you prefer, pick a brand and then you will be asked to fill in some information specific to your cycle such as the date your period last started, how many days it lasted and they will calculate when your next parcel should be due.
When you open your Teen Parcel you will see three boxes and a pouch all packaged up. The pouch is something for your bag, the two large boxes contain your sanitary protection and the smaller box contains some treats.
The little pouch contains 5 tampons and if you have selected to receive towels your pouch will contain those. The pouch is a great size for a handbag at the weekend or a school bag and your child won’t be embarrassed if this pouch falls out, they can scoop it up and pop it back in. The larger boxes contain all of the sanitary protection your teen will need during their period and the slimline boxes can be easily stored in their bedroom or the bathroom without taking up too much space.
There were a lot of little extras in the box including a Teapigs chocolate flake teabag, packet of jelly haribo sweets, nail polish by Binky, pink bracelet and 3 beauty products by Clean & Clear to help combat spots.
Lucie’s thoughts on the Teen Parcel were very positive, she would like to see an option for a mixture of towels and tampons and she would also like to see the option to choose your skin type so that beauty products can be more tailored. Lucie loved the teabag and packet of sweets and thought the nail polish was a great addition she also thought the little black pouch was a great idea and has popped it into her school bag. She has already been telling her friends about Teen Parcel and we will definitely be subscribing once she decides which package she wants.
The retail value of this box if everything was purchased separately is over £22.92 so if you’re wondering if the box is good value for money then my answer is yes.
Your first teen parcel will cost you £5.95 (price correct at the time of writing) and subsequent boxes are £9.95 a month, you can sign up here