So my not-quite-twelve-year-old got her first period this week.
I feel like I let her down a bit because I had a little emergency pack prepared for here, with a pad, spare knickers, wipes etc, and I hadn't given it to her yet. I thought I had more time
So I'm just thinking now about what things I should be telling her. I've shown her how to stick the pad on, take it off, wrap it up, given her the "don't ever, EVER chuck it down a toilet" lecture, talked to her about tampons down the track if she wants, told her how often to change it, that it might be irregular for a while, suggested she download an app for her iPod to keep track of it. Is there anything else I should be telling her? What do you wish someone had told you when yours first started?