BY Celeste ByNUM
Ok, so I understand that this topic is one that many guys and some girls HATE to talk about but sometimes it needs to be addressed. In health class, you learn about it and that's when most people's fears begin to surface. Fear not my friend, it's a beautiful experience and you have the option to make the best of it. If you have already started getting the little "Gift" from mother nature or if you're trying to help someone who has gotten it, I have a few tips for you!
Tip 1: First, talking to young girls before hand is vital!
I know some people whose mom, dad, or grandparents, didn't take the time out to talk to them about it so they had to go with the flow (see what I did there?). Fortunately, my mother did but when it first happened I told my mom that I thought I was dying, seeing as it comes out of nowhere, and she cried.
Tip 2: Let them know that it's nothing to be afraid of.
Despite what you guys say, girls will be afraid but it's nice to hear that everything will be alright.
Tip 3: Listen!
When they are afraid or someone is bullying them about it, they need all the support they can get. When I first started I got picked on all the time, partially because I was an early bloomer and I was in 5th Grade! Scary right? People who haven't started most likely won't understand.
Tip 4: If tips 1-3 help but still isn't enough, CELEBRATE!
I was looking at videos of poets and I found one called "Period Party", you should check it out. She basically held a period party for her daughter celebrating her entrance into womanhood! What better way to help a young girl cope than by giving her a party! Everyone in red, red food, punch, music, and poetry (I wish I would have had one of these)!
Becoming a woman isn't easy and very scary at the beginning, but being a supporter of the young AMAZING woman really helps. Reminding the newly young woman that it'll be ok is the best gift you can give!