By Lisa Gill, Founder, TOSSIBLES
"Innovations like Tossibles are shifting the narrative, combining convenience with sustainability. By making informed choices about our menstrual products, we not only prioritize our own well-being but also contribute to the preservation of the planet for generations to come."
The journey into womanhood is a beautiful and transformative phase in a young girl's life. One of the significant milestones during this journey is the onset of her first menstrual period. As a parent, guardian, or caregiver, it's important to ensure that your daughter is well-prepared not only physically and emotionally for this natural transition but also equipping her with the right information about menstrual hygiene, including proper tampon or pad disposal. By fostering open communication, providing accurate information, and creating a supportive environment, you can help your daughter navigate this experience with confidence and grace.
#1 Initiating the Conversation
Starting a conversation about menstruation may feel daunting, but it's a crucial step. Create a comfortable and private space to talk, assuring your daughter that this is a natural process that all girls go through. Let her know that you're here to answer any questions she may have and that her feelings are valid.
#2 Educate with Accurate Information
Dispelling myths and misconceptions is essential. Explain the biological aspect of menstruation in simple terms, detailing how the body prepares for pregnancy each month and how the menstrual cycle works. You can use diagrams or videos to make the explanation more visual and engaging.
#3 Empower with Preparation
Equip your daughter with the necessary supplies she'll need when her period arrives. Show her how to use sanitary pads or tampons and discuss the pros and cons of each option. It's also important to encourage your daughter to understand that tampons should never be flushed down the toilet. Instead, provide her with Tossibles to carry used hygiene products. Tossibles are biodegradable tampon envelopes that can easily be used to put used hygiene products in. Incorporating proper tampon disposal into her menstrual education equips your daughter not only with the knowledge of self-care but also with the responsibility of being an environmentally conscious individual.
#4 Promote Self-Care
Teach your daughter about the importance of self-care during her period. Explain that it's okay to rest, stay hydrated, and eat nourishing foods. Encourage light exercises and relaxation techniques to alleviate any discomfort she might experience.
#5 Discuss Emotional Well-being
Hormonal changes during menstruation can affect emotions. Talk to your daughter about mood swings, irritability, or sadness that might arise and reassure her that these feelings are normal. Teach her healthy coping mechanisms such as journaling, practicing mindfulness, or talking to a trusted friend or family member.
#6 Handling Challenges
Prepare your daughter for potential challenges, such as leakage accidents or unexpected periods. Have her put a “go bag” as a backup in her school locker for those unpredictable arrival days.
Having confidence in every cycle is key & with the help of Tossibles your daughter can embrace her journey into womanhood with poise and self assurance. By initiating open conversations, providing accurate information, and fostering a supportive atmosphere, you're not only helping her navigate this phase with confidence, but you're also imparting valuable life skills that will serve her well into adulthood.