For Mums and Dads

Being a parent means being a lot of things. You're a role model, a carer, a friend, sometimes an enemy, a confidante, a mentor. Being the parent of a teenager throws up many challenges. But it also involves rewards - often when you know you've succeedded in helping your child get through a difficult patch and blossom.

Going through puberty is a tricky thing - perhaps you remember it being a confusing time for you. Even thought we may think there's so much information out there now, that doesn't stop the personal experience proving any less anxiety provoking. You can help your daughter by reading up on the things she's going through, being sure you have the facts straight. In this section, we provide basic information that you can use to help your daughter understand what's going on in her body, and feek confident she can deal with it. Simply knowing she can come to you with any queries without any embarrassment is a big help, so if she hasn't broached the subject with you yet then why not find a quiet time to have the conversation with her.

Periods 101
  • What are periods? Really?
  • Talking to your daughter
  • When is it time?
  • How much does a girl bleed?
  • Missed Periods
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Contraceptives and periods
Sanitary protection
  • Tampon or towel?
  • How often should she change her towel or tampon?
  • A few words on TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome)
  • Disposal of sanitary protection
  • Hygiene
  • The hymen
  • Puberty
  • Hormones
  • How your kid may feel
  • PMS
  • Pain and cramps
  • Exercise and periods
  • Swimming
  • My daughter really doesn't want to have her period on her school trip