By Monica Williams

How to Talk to Your Tween About Periods

Talking to your tween about periods can feel like a daunting task, especially if you're feeling a bit awkward or unsure about how to approach the subject. Rest assured, you're not alone in this feeling. Many parents and caregivers share the same concerns. However, having open and supportive conversations about menstruation is crucial in preparing your child for this important stage of development. Here are some tips to help you navigate these conversations in a supportive and empowering way.

1. Start Early and Normalize the Conversation

It's never too early to begin talking about bodies and how they change. You can start introducing the concept of periods in simple terms as early as age 8 or 9, even if your child isn't showing signs of puberty yet. This helps to normalize the topic and reduces any stigma or embarrassment associated with it.

2. Create a Safe and Open Environment

Make it clear to your child that no question is too embarrassing or off-limits. Reassure them that you're there to help and that periods are a normal and healthy part of growing up.Stay calm and positive: Your reaction sets the tone for the conversation, so try to avoid showing discomfort or embarrassment. Pay attention to your child's feelings and concerns. Let them lead the conversation and ask questions at their own pace.

3. Be Honest and Clear

Use correct terminology and be honest about what periods are and why they happen. Simplify complex concepts but don’t shy away from providing clear and accurate information.

4. Use Positive and Empowering Language

Use language that empowers and reassures your tween. Avoid terms that might make periods seem scary or negative. Help them see periods as a sign of their body’s health and growth. Build their confidence by reassuring them that they can care for their period with the right knowledge and tools.

5. Prepare Together

Educate them on the variety of period products available to them. Show them how to use each product. Practice opening and applying a pad, or inserting a tampon if they’re comfortable. And, create a period kit together that ensures she’s ready when the time comes. To make it even easier, pick up one of our RedDrop kits that has everything she needs! 

6. Addressing Myths and Misconceptions

Calm her fears by debunking some common myths she may have heard such as “you can’t swim during your period” or “periods are always painful.”

7. Keep the Conversation Going

You’ll likely need to have more than chat with your tween about puberty and menstruation. Continue to check in with her regularly about their period and any concerns they may have. Also, let her know she can come to you with any questions or problems at any time.

8. Seek Additional Support if Needed

Consider sharing age-appropriate books and resources about puberty and menstruation with your tween. Reading and watching content together can provide a comfortable way to introduce the topic. RedDrop offers a variety of educational resources including books and digital classes right here on our website! And, you can also find additional educational videos on our YouTube page. 

Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s healthcare provider for additional support and information if needed.


Talking to your tween about periods doesn’t have to be awkward or uncomfortable. By starting early, creating a safe environment, and using positive language, you can help her feel confident and prepared for this important change. Remember, your support and openness can make all the difference in their journey through puberty!