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A Dad’s guide to girls puberty

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Looking for a dad’s guide to girls puberty? Many dads can find it difficult to accept their baby daughter is growing into a woman and while some might rely on mums to speak to their daughters about all the changes they will go through, its important for dads to understand what occurs when their daughter goes through puberty – even more so for single dads whose daughters might not have a female figure in their lives.

Talk at home

Although schools will discuss sex education in the classroom, changes during puberty is often forgotten about. Girls hit puberty from any age between eight and fourteen so it’s important to have open discussions at home from a young age. They will develop breasts, gain curves, start their periods, develop pubic hair and darker hair on legs and underarms and may also get acne, increased body odour and become more moody or emotional. There is no set order in which these things start but they will probably develop over a 3 to 4 year period.

The P word

Periods are probably the biggest change she will face and if she isn’t aware of them, it can come as quite a shock. Some girls start their periods as young as eight, others not until their late teens. When they first start they can be a little irregular, lasting between 2 and 7 days and it can take up to two years before they settle into a regular menstrual cycle of between 21 to 35 days.

It’s recommended that girls use sanitary towels instead of tampons until their periods are regular but towels can often be inconvenient especially for sporty girls or during swimming. If she wants to use tampons, ensure they are used correctly and according to the instructions as Toxic Shock Syndrome is a major health risk associated with incorrect use.

Towels and Tampons!a dads guide to girls puberty

Both Sanitary towels and tampons are available in varying absorbency levels with a variety of options from towels with wings to applicator and non-applicator tampons. Have plenty available in the home before she starts her periods and when she does, make sure she has some in her bag with her at all times. Ensure she knows how to dispose of them properly i.e. not flushed down the loo and always have a bin and spare products in the bathroom.

Periods can take their toll on her body ranging from her being over emotional or irritable to the back ache and cramps associated with them. Take this into consideration and offer her paracetamol or a hot water bottle and you might want to cut her a little slack if she seems over sensitive or moody.

Boobs and bra’s

Other changes she will encounter include the development of breasts at which point she will need a bra. Most big department stores offer free bra measuring services and can advise on the best bra for her development. There may also be a change in body odour due to the increased amount of hormonal changes. These hormones might also make her skin and hair greasy and she may get acne. Make sure she bathes or showers every day and uses a deodorant. Acne can be extremely distressing and strip kids of their confidence so encourage her to go to the doctor for medication to keep spots at bay!

Some girls might not feel comfortable discussing puberty with their mums let alone their dad’s so be aware it might not be a hot topic of conversation. However, preparing for the changes she will go through will give you more insight into what she is feeling and enable you to offer her support if she needs.

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After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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