Disney’s movie Red Panda about a teenage girl who gets her period, might also be another way to broach the subject.
Find out what she already knows, she may tune out if she thinks you have no new information. This is also the opportunity to dispel any myths or misinformation she may have gathered.
Perhaps share some of your own experiences but choose ones with a positive outcome. Use clear language like ‘period’ or ‘vagina’ to help normalise these words and try to avoid euphemisms like ‘floof’ or ‘front bottom’ which could be confusing.
Welcome questions. You know your child best, so think if there are other ways to help her feel more comfortable asking questions. Perhaps she may feel less embarrassed asking you via text or in messaging app thread.
You could stock up on some period products and show her how to use them and where they are kept for when she needs them. Why not choose a cosmetic bag together, to put pads in and be kept discreetly in her school bag, so she feels prepared if she comes on when she’s at school.
And when her first period starts, ask her if there’s anything she’d like to do to celebrate this milestone on her journey into womanhood. Perhaps watch a film together, have her favourite meal or a treat? Ultimately, just be there for her.