Starting your periods is one of the most anticipated and discussed milestones of growing up for a girl. It can be a great source of anxiety for some, particularly if they start much earlier or later than their friends. So start by reassuring your daughter that girls reach this developmental turning point in their own time and that she could get her period as early as nine or 10, or as late as 14 or 15.
Secondly, you want to make sure she feels comfortable talking about any practical issues like cramps, PMS and sanitary towels etc, so she’s not hiding in the bathroom worrying. Most kids today are perfectly comfortable talking about periods, but they may still have questions they don’t know how to ask.
You can initiate a conversation by asking if your daughter has any questions or needs help with anything – some girls are perplexed by how to use tampons, for example. You also might want to warn her about the risk of toxic shock syndrome and talk to her about hygiene while you’re at it. Starting a bathroom conversation like this is a good chance to get a dialogue going about boys, sex, and other related topics, too.