A period shouldn’t be something you hide from your parents. Your period should be something your parents know about – even if you feel awkward or embarrassed telling them. It’s one thing if you don’t feel obliged to tell your dad, but in my opinion, your mother should know if not for the reason that she’s your mother, then at least because she’ll be able to provide guidance and “motherly” advice. Also, because she’ll probably be the one buying your pads and tampons. You should be neither ashamed nor embarrassed by your period – especially in the company of your parents. It’s something completely natural, and something your mom’s been going/gone through for a long time. By telling her, and talking to her about periods, you’ll find that it’s not only comforting to share something like this in common, but also, surprisingly fun (it gives mothers and daughters a sort of “girl thang”).
For this question, I am focusing on the mom side because, in my experience, dads are not always as keen to chat it up about period stuff. I think you should tell your mom. Eventually your parents will find out you started -- otherwise it might worry them if they thought you never had your period and you are graduating high school! I wanted to exaggerate the circumstances so you might see it from their perspective. I would worry if my girls did not start because it is a normal, anticipated step for all girls. Try looking at your mom, and imagine her dreading the conversation when she had to tell your grandma about her period! She has been “in your shoes” too. Consider taking her aside for a quiet chat and ask her to please just listen. Share with her your need for privacy and how this is personal for you but you wanted her to know. From a practical side, if you need products, moms come in handy for purchasing liners, tampons and anti-cramp pain relievers. I hope this helps you, my girls love to tell me what they need and I certainly am thankful they do.
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