Google+ Authentic Parenting: Coming of age Series #1: Emma's First Period

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coming of age Series #1: Emma's First Period

Written by Emma Hartwell

This post was written as a part of the Coming Of Age Series, if you would like to contribute, feel free to email me ( mamapoekie at yahoo dot com). Anything about coming of age and menstruation is welcome, but these are the topics I am specifically looking for:

- rituals and traditions surrounding coming of age
- the story of your first period
- how you plan to celebrate you child's transition into adulthood
- coming of age for boys
- what to tell your child about his/her coming of age

When I was at primary school I remember having a sex education lesson, this was the first time I had been told about menstruation and all the girls happily chatted about it, because it seemed so exciting, and tampons looked almost like sweets in their colourful wrappers. It was a much anticipated event, a threshold into adulthood, but the reality wasn't exactly what I expected.
Image: ecastro on Flickr
Despite my regular knicker checking and symptom spotting it was many years until my first period occurred. Then in secondary school at the age of 13, I discovered what I thought might be blood in my knickers, although I still wasn't sure if this was it, so I asked my sister and mum, much to their amusement. My mum advised me to wear one of those ultra thick towels, the ones that make you feel like you're walking like the Michelin man. I went to school the next day wearing one and felt really self conscious, whenever I walked anywhere or sat down, it felt like it was going to fall out at any time. It turned out to be light spotting, the real thing happened months later, which was agony. The arrival of my periods signalled the beginning of my eventful and difficult teenage years, as I struggled with hormones and PMT. With the perspective you get through the years that follow you realise that it's something that all us girls have to go through - but at the time it feels like the whole world is against you.

Emma and Edward
About Emma:
I am married and a mummy to an 11 month old boy. I love everything about child rearing and am eager to learn as much as I can about natural parenting. This has led us to practice Attachment parenting, breastfeeding, blw and we use cloth nappies.



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