It’s A Monthly Thing – A fun new approach to periods
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- Published on Sunday, 07 January 2018 12:28
- Last Updated on 05 January 2018
- Monica Costa
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There’s no way out and women have never enjoyed their monthly periods. Or at least until now. A new service has been launched to provide women (young and mature) with gift boxes ahead of every cycle from It’s A Monthly Thing Ltd., the home of betty box and Pink Parcel.
Having the periods is inevitable but we can now change our approach to them. The only way to make it fun is by treating ourselves to something nice to make that dreaded time of the month a little bit more lovely!
Women aged 16 and over can order a Pink Parcel full of all the fem-care they could need in a month as well as beauty and lifestyle products. Take a look at this gift box and honestly tell me you would not want one just before your period starts. I loved my first one including the chocolate that I desire so much right before the periods starts.
Mums can order a box for their young girls aged 10-15 who are just starting out their periods.
The Betty box is also filled with great products suitable for young ladies: Beauty products, sanitary products, stationery, sweet treats and snacks to curb period cravings. Pad and tampon brands and their absorbencies are chosen by the subscriber, then each ‘For You’ product is carefully selected by the Betty box team and delivered direct to your door. We’re curbing period cravings, we’re contouring, we’re helping to battle the back-to-school blues.
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The little booklet included in the box is great for mothers who buy pads for their teenage daughters to not only make the periods easier, but to help encourage open and honest conversations about menstruation.
What I love about this initiative is that there’s an award-winning education bus that schools can book for FREE called the betty bus that is a fun and interactive alternative to the traditional classroom and designed to help young girls and boys feel more comfortable learning about periods in an open and engaging way and is currently touring schools across the UK.
Boarding the bus, kids partake in interactive activities andsessions with trained male facilitators who who have spent their time teaching young boys about periods and breaking down the ‘culture of shame’ around menstruation. Here is an example of one of the tips: Take every question seriously. If you feel like you’ve been asked a question in order to provoke a response (“Are we going to be talking about pubic hair?!”), answer it seriously. This removes the power of any troublemaking and sets a precedent that there are no reasons to feel embarrassed about not knowing/being wrong.
Talking to your daughter about periods
The beginning of menstruation is a major event in every girl’s life. Most girls start their periods on average between 12 and 13 years old. But it’s too late to discuss about periods when your daughter gets her period. You need to approach the conversation earlier.
In the early 1900s, girls got their periods at age 14 or 15. These days due to better nutrition, girls start to menstruate between 10 and 16. This also mean that a girl can become pregnant so the discussion is even more important to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
Time have changed for the best and now women can openly discuss about periods and even enjoy them for the first time.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums