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    I have this chat with the grade 5/6 girls at school quite often.

    One thing that often comes up is the smell. And I remember quite clearly being horrified at the smell- never having had experienced before I was disgusted to think others may be able to smell it and I remember constantly sorting vanilla air fresher all through my bedroom and going overboard on the vanilla kisses impulse. (To this day I hate the smell of vanilla!) she may find comfort in the fact that 90% of the time no one else can smell it, and the other 10% is when it's really strong because she has left it too late to change her pad or tampon.

    Another thing I always tell young girls is if they find themselves with heavy periods, they might want to ask for some new underwear, and start using their old underwear during their period only. That way they will still have nice undies 3/4 of the time that won't be stained etc.
    at the end of the day of there is a stain, the best thing to do is to put the undies straight into a bucket of water with some napisan until the next wash. Just a few practical things that I always felt helped.

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    You might need to remind your brother to get a rubbish bin for the bathroom and a soaking bucket for the laundry.

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    Oh, and work out who is going to buy her pads and tampons. Will he get them when he does the groceries, or will she go shopping with him or will she want to go with you.

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    All fantastic tips and I hadn't thought of any of it! Thanks hubbers I am about to leave to go take her out for breakfast and feel much more prepared here goes

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    Oh oh and when she needs more to be bought for her but she doesn't feel comfortable, can she write a code word on the shopping list? I used to write Kotex. Mum knew what it meant, my dad and brothers didn't have a clue. It made me feel a lot more comfortable doing it.

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    I had to have the talk with my sister as lost our mother when I was 20 and my sister was 7.
    I was open and honest with her. I let her ask questions, know what this wasn't a one off discussion, I was always there for her. I talked about everything, periods, s$x, stds, boys, girls, love, virginity, drugs, drinking, everything!
    She is now 19 and we still have an amazing relationship and she still comes to me for everything.

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    a great book is Girl Talk by Kaz Cook....i gave it to my DD when she hit puberty and she read it and we talked about things she wasnt sure on etc.... you can get it at Big W, Kmart etc.

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    Something I find handy is nappy sacks. I'm one of those crazy ladies who can smell blood a mile away and it drives me up the wall. I found nappy sacks really helpful to dispose of used pads in. Just wrap them up and pop them in, tie it off and bin them. No smell and far happier me (and I wasn't paranoid avoid wild animals.)

    I found boys trucks to be awesome to sleep in as well. They held a larger pad (it's really heavy for me at night) very comfortably, the waste band didn't sit across my abdomen where the cramps were but a bit higher so I find them really comfy and not scary granny panty looking things.

    I also find the non winged pads bunch up in the middle a lot so I prefer the ones with wings.

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    Hope it went well

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    Oh yeah I love Kaz Cooke I might grab one for a stocking stuffer type gift. Thank you all for your advice it went brilliantly! We did a little shopping and got a basket for bathroom and bags and supplies upon supplies so she can figure out what works for her. We came up with plans for mishaps and stay overs and we sorted the shopping for the future. We talked briefly about boys and sex she had a couple questions but mostly didn't feel up to that just yet but said she would seek me out when she needed.
    She had done some googling and you tubing so already had an idea on a lot of things just asked my opinions and experiences and just wanted to talk about her mum and dad and even said as much as she misses her mum she is glad I was there to help. She wasn't sure she could of been as open with mum out of embarrassment. I was stoked actually, she wanted aunty after all! I don't know why I was so worried it was all five but thst is thanks to all the advice I had a clear plan of topics

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