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« on: March 17, 2006 06:06:20 AM »

Hello to all!

I am having a craft conundrum. I am looking to do something to celebrate my younger sister's entrance into womanhood. She isn't there yet, but I want to be able to celebrate her when the time comes.

So many women remember thier first bleeding with disgust and shame. I never want her to feel that way. I want her to feel like she is moving into another phase of her life, leaving some parts of childhood behind and picking up a few pieces of womanhood.  I wish that someone had thrown me a shin-dig when I started bleeding!  We don't live in the same place, so I'd have to either be able to send her things or do them when we are together.

So far I was thinking-
send her a copy of 'our bodies our selves'
plant a tree/shrub
send her a red piece of clothing ( shirt)

How were you celebrated? What would have you wanted? What did you do to celebrate your sisters/neices/friends/daughters?


Ok...so after 10 pages of amazing ideas and stories and two years of thinking and procrastinating on the package...it finally came together! I am pleased to report that it was well recieved!

The package finally contained:
a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves
a journal and pen
homemade heat packs
red and black period panties
bag to hold pads/pons

There was so much more that I could have put in and considered doing so. I think that I will continue sending her books, articles, fun things that celebrate her as a woman and person. I would have like that!

Just want to say thank you to everyone for your help, suggestions, and stories. Thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2006 06:10:51 AM »

those all sound like good ideas.  maybe a piece of jewelery (i'm thinking necklace) b/c to me jewelery has always symbolized growing up and if your into making that sort of thing it could be very appreciated.
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2006 06:49:26 AM »

I think you should send her something that will make her period seem fun, such as a tampon case (like this http://www.tamponcase.com/cyn/index.html). There are tutorials on the boards for this as well. Or you could make her a little card, welcoming her to the womanhood club! OR (sorry, i have lots of ideas for this!), you could send her a package with some tampons, pads, homemade cloth pads (with instructions on how to use them, of course), or the ultimate (in my opinion), a Diva Cup http://www.tamponcase.com/cyn/index.html to show her all of her menstrual options. There is also a knitted uterus I've seen on the boards a couple of times....

Whatever you choose, it is super thoughtful of you to even be thinking about this. When I first started my period, my mom baked me a cake, and while I was embarassed at the time, I definitely appreciate it now.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2006 07:56:43 AM »

How nice of you to even think of this!  My mother didn't do anything, it was a big deal to me, but not to her.  I have a friend who's daughter (she's about 30 now), had a party - she even invited her grandparents!LOL  I know you said you're not nearby for that, but perhaps when you do get together you could do a special party or dinner.  In the meantime, a little care package does seem to be in order.  The tampon case and cloth pads sound like great ideas!  Girls are usually embarrassed by carrying that stuff in their purse at first, so perhaps some little carrying case for supplies would be nice too.

Just as a side note: when my dd started to wear a bra, we did a shopping trip with her favorite aunt and helped her choose a bra.  She loved it.  We did lunch, shopped, talked girl-talk; it made her feel like part of a special club. 

Good luck in making your sister's transition a nicer one than some of ours were!!
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2006 10:56:22 AM »

Thanks y'all! The suggestions for a tampon/pad carrying case sounds perfect. She will need one.  I want to introduce her to cloth pads and menstrual cups as well, but don't know that she would take the suggestions so well right now. I may have wait on that.

I think a tampon stuffie would be funny, but that might not go over so well either. I would have on on my bed!

The more suggestion and ideas the merrier!

Let's celebrate women at all stages of life!

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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2006 08:14:14 PM »

Buy her some really great classic books from women authors that celebrate rites of passage.  A good google search should turn up some titles. 

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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2006 08:37:11 PM »

I'm native american, and when I got my period, I got my name changed. My name is now Wolf Shadow. Most people still call me Sarah, but I prefer Wolf Shadow. Maybe you can make her something nice like an art piece of a butterfly or something transitional, and give her a name that you two can use. Now that you two will be in the same club, only you two can use it. It will always remind her of that time and how much you love her.


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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2006 06:25:32 AM »

I second the idea to send her a care package, with all the stuff in it--and you can make it something personal and private for her, too, if she gets embarrassed easily.  Like put a card on the tope marked "Open Me First!" with instructions inside to take the box to her room to open it.  I know that's not quite the point of trying to make this something women aren't ashamed of, but if she feels embarrassed after, like, opening the box in front of your dad, or something, it won't help either.  My favorite book about periods is Hello God, It's Me, Margaret.  It's a bit outdated now.  Actually, it was outdated when I read it in 1987...but there are a lot of things in it that transcend time.  And menstural technology.  Also include some Advil, some Chocolate, maybe a heating pad, and a goofy, cozy DVD.  And you can say something like, "Having a period is an important part of being a woman.  It isn't always comfortable, but learning to accept that is part of becoming a strong and powerful woman.  A period is also a good opportunity to slow down for a day or two every month, and to spoil yourself."

One thing I would definitely do, either way, is to take your sister out for the day.  Include either a really fancy brunch, or else dinner at an upscale restaurant.  Take her shopping, or to a movie, or out for ice cream.  Whatever she likes to do.  Just make a day of it.  It didnt have anything to do with periods, but when I was about that age, my mom made a point of setting aside one day each month for me, and one separate day for my sister, where she'd take us out by ourselves for a "girl's day out."  I loved it.  It was great.  I'll always remember feeling SOOO grown up, ordering cappucinos after dinner at our favorite italian restaurant....

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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2006 06:38:55 AM »

i really like this idea... i wish i had something like this done for me!

I would love to do this for my 12 year old step daughter... but she's very shy and a big time tomboy, so I think I may not know until well after the fact when she's actually started(she lives with her mother, we only get her every other weekend).

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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2006 06:42:44 AM »

Jewelry is also really great, if she's into that. My mom always marked the big changes in my life with something I could use ans wear forever. However, when I started my period, i got a New Kids on the Block poster. Not very meaningful now, but at the time, I loved it! i was only 10!
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