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Preparing and Celebrating Puberty and Periods with your Child

How to support your children through puberty and menarche by Charlotte Pointeaux

How do you help your daughter love her period? You’ve been learning about your menstrual cycle and how to attune to its changing daily strengths, vulnerabilities, and self-care needs – and it’s been life changing to finally learn what you should have learnt as a child. So imagine how powerful it would be for our children to learn this knowledge and wisdom now – rather than having to figure it all out after many years of being disconnected to their body, their cycle and therefore, themselves. If you’d love to share what you now know with your child or any other child for that matter but aren’t sure of when or how to start, I’d love to give you some ideas to help you do that confidently in a way that feels gentle, age-appropriate, and empowering for you and your child.

Many mothers have traditionally thought that children aren’t ready to learn about their body, how it changes, what menstruation is, or anything else associated with puberty until they have their first period but when we leave “the talk” until this time, children already have a lot of feelings, thoughts and confusion about what’s been happening to their body and sense of selves for a while, and they question what these changes mean about them if they are left in the dark.

Children in the playground talk and share information that’s usually incomplete or inaccurate, leaving children to piece the story together themselves. Schools deliver education that’s most often squashed down in one or two hours total to combine information on what periods are and how to manage blood, anatomy and how reproduction works which sends children the message that having periods means that falling pregnant is something to fear, and that when they begin their periods, they’re ready to have sex, which is not the case at all from a developmental point of view.

When talking about periods is so uncomfortable, it continues the menstrual taboo that we have been victims of for millennia. So how do we cultivate a period positive culture?

Aware Parenting, Menarche Celebrations and Inner Child Healing with Joss Goulden

womb wisdom, aware parenting, menarche celebration, inner child healing

We’re talking aware parenting, menarche celebrations and inner child healing with Joss Goulden. I absolutely love this conversation with Joss. She shares so much wisdom that is really suitable for parents but also people who are likely to be parents in the future. Joss invites us to let go of guilt and shame when we don’t need to hold it, and instead, to bring so much compassion to ourselves as we learn to be the parents that our children need us to be and to flow with the changes as our children develop and move into new stages of life and surprises. 

Circles As Ancient Medicine For Modern Times with Mitlé Southey

circles as ancient medicine for modern times with mitle Southey on wild flow podcast

It’s safe to say that sacred women’s circles are making a big come back. No longer lost ancient forms of gathering in community, circles are now becoming increasingly available around the world as an opportunity to gather with shared intention, possibly to meet new friends, devote time to spiritual practice, to experience particular ceremony. Whatever happens and whoever you meet, you are sure to come home to yourself. The way of the circle offers us a very different form of connection and community in which we can come to understand ourselves and each other- and to find the magick and medicine we need at the time. If you’re curious about attending womens circles, want to learn how to hold a sacred circle or love holding sacred space this is for you.

Coming of Age Wisdom for Mothers and Daughters with Arahni Lion and Jo Rockendorfer

coming of age wisdom for mothers and daughters

imagine a world where mothers were given sacred space to welcome their daughters intentionally into their coming of age rite of passage. and where girls were welcomed into circle with other mothers and daughters to find deep wisdom, loving support and a chance to experience true sisterhood all before their 13th birthday. there is a place on earth: it’s called the seeding wisdom journey held annually in the illawarra (nsw) by wise women arahni lion and jo rockendorfer. If you’ve ever wished you were more supported, more seen and heard, more understood and respected in your own maiden years, this is a truly special way of healing that part of you, and to give your child the best start to a conscious, empowered, embodied and connected womanhood. I know that when my daughters are of age, we will be taking the journey together, one by one.

Arahni and Jo share the story of why and how they created this potent experience, what happens within the journey, and why this kind of initiatory journey is needed now, more than ever.

The Cyclic Nature of Female ADHD

ADHD is becoming more and more understood as a neurodivergence, however the link between ADHD and the menstrual cycle is still misunderstood by many. Because ADHD presents differently in females to males, girls are often mis-diagnosed, because of the ways that female  hormones and the menstrual cycle affects ADHD. 

I’m so thankful to today’s guest Adele Wimsett, Hormone Health expert, for sharing her personal journey of discovering her ADHD, and for educating us so we can have more awareness for ourselves and people around us.

4 Ways to Boost Confidence in Girls

Did you know that on average, Australian females experience between 450-500 periods in her lifetime, with the average cycle spanning between 21-35 days, and the average bleed lasting between 2-7 days?

Once we begin menstruating (at menarche – pronounced “men-ar-kee”) which occurs anywhere these days between roughly the ages of 8-15, and commonly around ages 12-13, we begin our monthly bleed (menstrual cycle) until we reach menopause which occurs approximately at the age of 50 (although again, this can occur much earlier or later as it is do individual).

After menarche our periods will be irregular for most of our teen years until the rhythm is established and our hormones settle into their natural, beautiful cycle. You might notice that some months you bleed for longer, or more heavily than other times, or that your cycle isn’t the same length each time. This is all ok – everyone’s cycle is different.

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Did you know that on average, Australian females experience between 450-500 periods in her lifetime, with the average cycle spanning between 21-35 days, and the average bleed lasting between 2-7 days?

Once we begin menstruating (at menarche – pronounced “men-ar-kee”) which occurs anywhere these days between roughly the ages of 8-15, and commonly around ages 12-13, we begin our monthly bleed (menstrual cycle) until we reach menopause which occurs approximately at the age of 50 (although again, this can occur much earlier or later as it is do individual).

After menarche our periods will be irregular for most of our teen years until the rhythm is established and our hormones settle into their natural, beautiful cycle. You might notice that some months you bleed for longer, or more heavily than other times, or that your cycle isn’t the same length each time. This is all ok – everyone’s cycle is different.

How To Get Children Excited About Periods

Beth Moxon’s favourite topic is, you guessed it, PERIODS, which I am totally here for! Beth channels her inner fire to ensure that menstrual shame is a thing of the past. She is a powerhouse who is educating her own community through holding First Moon Circles, and is starting big conversations on TikTok where a huge proportion of children now receive their menstrual education.

Beth Moxon is a cyclical living guide in East Sussex, England, a qualified and highly experienced secondary school teacher who now trains teachers. She is a certified Cycle Coach and First Moon Circle facilitator and has extensive experience holding space for young people and adults. She is highly skilled and knowledgeable in all things menstruality related and loves to share her passion and knowledge by running local First Moon Circles. She has two little daughters who keep her busy during the times when she’s not thinking about periods!

Become Your Own Contraception and Fertility Expert

how does the universe and cosmos, the earth, our environment and the people around us influence our menstrual cycle and menopause experience? As within, so without, as above, so below. My guest Tracey Stevens is an emotional root cause health practitioner and sees a strong connection between the universal flow and chaos around us playing out in human health – which can impact our menstrual health and menopause.

A Mother’s Guide to Menarche as a Sacred Rite of Passage

a mother's guide to menarche as a sacred rite of passage

Empowering people through their very first period, their Menarche rite of passage is very special, powerful work that I love to do in my First Moon Circles, and Facilitator Training.

I spoke with Donna Raymond on Wild Flow Podcast in episode 20 because she is someone who is equally passionate about this work. Donna recently celebrated her eldest daughter’s Menarche in a stunning ceremony, and has written a book for Mothers so that they can guide their own children through such a pivotal time.

We spoke about 

The importance of Menarche in a young woman’s life,
The connection to blood and cyclic wisdom, lineage and personal power.
We also share about the beautiful content that Donna has created for her first book, ‘Maiden – A Mother’s Guide to Puberty and Menarche as a Sacred Rite of Passage’

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