6 First Period Books You Need to Read With Your Daughter
Are you looking for a 'My First Period' book? Don't stress! We have the best first period books that you need to pick up to read with your daughter.
The Best First Period Books
As a parent, puberty and periods can often feel uncomfortable. However, it's an essential part of your child's education. It's also important that the discussion is done right, as we as a society have associated periods with shame and disgust. So, how do we stop this cycle? Luckily, if you don't know where to begin, first period books exist as incredible resources.
Whether you're a single dad looking to talk to your daughter about her menstrual cycle for the first time or you're a first-generation mother seeking new ways to communicate and teach your girl effectively, these are for you. Here are the best first period books that you should read with your kid!
1. The Period Book: A Girl's Guide to Growing Up
Times have changed since I was a kid, and so should the way you talk with your child. If you're looking for a more modern way of introducing periods to your daughter, you can try this one. It's informative and practical, yet relatable and supportive to help your kid with their first period. The Period Book remains honest and straightforward while answering any questions they might have about their periods without shame.
2. The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls
Revised since I read this as a kid, this book not only covers periods, but everything you need to know about what's to come ahead, including healthy eating, periods, bras, and more from the help of the medical consultant, Cara Natterson, MD. All while leaving plenty to discuss with your kid after (or during) the read.
3. The Care & Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls
Like the first book, this sequel is all about teaching kids about their bodies. However, this book is designed for older girls who are going through puberty and focuses even more on periods in general. It answers more questions rather than laying out the groundwork and builds a better foundation for your child.
4. Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing: Straight Talk about First Bras, First Periods, and Your Changing Body
If you want to start off with something light, this book may be for you. Growing Up lightly covers a variety of topics, from choosing the first bra to how to deal with your period as well as a section on reproductive organs that opens the floor for more dialogue.
5. HelloFlo: The Guide, Period.: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern Girl
As another modern take on the first period book, HelloFlo is funny, informative, and celebrates women's bodies rather than putting shame on them. From the introduction of menstrual cups to answering questions that every girl had during their puberty but seemed too "messy" to ask back then, this book is honest and speaks to girls from a voice that they will relate to. It's a book I wish I had back when I first started my period.