Did you know that nearly half of all dads in the UK have not talked to their daughters about periods?
In addition, only 1 in 3 dads have purchased period products, 4 in 10 dads never learnt about periods at school, and 45% of dads are unsure what the signs are that a girl might be about to start her period.
These were the results from a survey carried out by Hey Girls UK. You have to be brutally honest here. Those are shocking results. Dads need to join the bloody conversation!
I am a father of four daughters and I have also have a wife. This means that I have always been very aware of periods and I have never had an issue talking about periods to my daughters. It is after all a natural bodily occurrence that happens to half the population every month.
The other day I was chatting to my eldest daughter and I asked her if I ever talked to her about periods. Her reply was something I had genuinely forgotten, but apparently when she had her first period I talked to her about it, and then went out and bought her some sanitary products. Did this bother me? No, at all, because it’s a conversation and situation that I have always been comfortable with and as dads we need to be there for our daughters. I think it’s important to be as open and honest at all times about all subjects including periods.
Two of my daughters are seven year old twin girls and I will be honest I have not spoken to them about periods, but I know that my wife has on many occasions. There is no reason why I haven’t other than the subject just hasn’t come up with me as of yet. What I do know though, is that when it does, as I’m sure it will at will some point, I won’t be shying away in the corner of a room. I will be happy to talk them in detail about what they can expect once their periods start.
Our children look to us for guidance and reassurance about many aspects of life, and subjects such as periods are perfect example of where you can give reassurance to your daughters that periods are perfectly normal, and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, and if they are hurting or causing problems to speak out, and I hope because I am open about the subject of periods they can come to me and I can give them the right advice or if necessary take them to the doctors to help them.
Hey Girls UK are currently running a campaign called Pads4Dads. It’s aimed at dads to encourage them to talk about periods. They have also produced a A Dads Guide to Periods which you can find on their website here.
Most dads have very little knowledge of periods and the #Pads4Dads campaign is totally spot on in helping to educate dads. The booklet gives practical and in depth information that will help dads overcome the taboo that surrounds talking about periods.
The #Pads4Dads pack contains tampons, daytime and night-time sanitary towels, a very cool bag to keep them in and a booklet that is a guide for your daughter to getting for her periods.
Hey Girls UK have also enlisted the help of my fellow Welshman and Hollywood actor, Michael Sheen. As a father to a daughter himself it’s important to be supportive, and as Michael Sheen says, let’s not leave dads out of the bloody conservation.
I fully appreciate and understand that some dads will struggle to talk to their daughters about periods and many dads will pass the conversation over to their mum. Well that has to change! Dads need to start having this conversation so our daughters are never uncomfortable or ashamed about periods, and we can break down all the myths surrounding periods.
There is also advice on how to talk to your sons about periods, because we know what teenage boys can be like and they need to understand that it is totally normal and not gross, to not tease girls about it, but to be kind and never be afraid to ask questions. Teaching our sons early means that if they become dads they can have the period conservation it with their daughters.
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Hey Girls UK is a non profit organisation. It was set up to eliminate period poverty in the UK, and for every #Pads4Dads pack or period product that is sold, an identical product will be donated to somebody that is going through period poverty. There is a huge resource of information that can be found online here, and I highly recommend you check it out if you are a dad.
Just last week, which coincidentally couldn’t have come at a better time, the government announced free sanitary products would be available in secondary schools to help with with period poverty.
The #Pads4Dads campaign is a fantastic initiative and will without doubt help dads start that conversation about periods with their daughters.
If you are a dad do you talk to your daughters about periods?
Do you get embarrassed talking about periods with your daughters?
I would love to hear your views in the comments below.
Disclosure: I received a #Pads4Dads pack for the purpose of this blog post only. I did not receive any payment. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.
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