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When should I start talking to my daughter about her period? ūü©ł

Here are the five signs to look for to see if she's ready.

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Catholic cycle awareness & fertility education for your family

Teaching your kids about cycles & periods doesn't have to be so awkward.


Can it be Catholic? Yes. Can it be rooted in science? Yes.  Can it be age-appropriate? Yes.

But awkward? ūüöę Not a requirement.

Teach your kids to read the language of their bodies with our Catholic courses and resources. Start by picking your child's age:

 
Teaching your kids about cycles & periods doesn't have to be so awkward.


Can it be Catholic? Yes.

Can it be rooted in science? Yes.  

Can it be age-appropriate? Yes.  

But awkward? ūüöę Not a requirement.

 

Teach your kids to read the language of their bodies with our Catholic courses and resources.

Start by picking your child's age:

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Remember desperately avoiding eye contact with others while watching the sex ed videos in school? 

Being pushed on the pill as a teen to take care of your painful periods?

Freaking out about what getting your period would be like or all of the random aspects of puberty?

You want better for your kids.

  You want to raise confident daughters who aren't ashamed of their bodies.

  You want to raise respectful sons who are deeply aware of their dignity and the dignity of others.

And you want it to be better than your experience - which won't be hard, since it was probably in a crowded gymna-cafe-torium with all of your friends making gross jokes, and maybe a bonus cringe-worthy tutorial from your mom.

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But how exactly do you teach your daughters to look at cycles as good and healthy, especially if you've never really understood it all yourself?

How do you lay the foundation for your children to see their sexuality and future fertility as a beautiful gift from God while doing justice to the Church's teachings?

And when are you even supposed to start these conversations?!

Start now.

Family planning? Yes, too early for that. But there's more to fertility awareness than just achieving or avoiding. 

There's invaluable health information, tracking energy and mood, and empowering self-knowledge that the body is good and designed by God. 

Why withhold that information from our children until they're getting married or trying to conceive?

Start now.

Family planning? Yes, too early for that. But there's more to fertility awareness than just achieving or avoiding. 

There's invaluable health information, tracking energy and mood, and empowering self-knowledge that the body is good and designed by God. 

Why withhold that information from our children until they're getting married or trying to conceive?

That's why I love body literacy.

 

Knowing how our bodies work is an inherent right of every child of God, regardless of their age or stage in life. Body literacy (knowing the "language of our bodies" as designed by God) encompasses so much more than just fertility: 

 Answering "is this normal?"
 Tracking energy levels and mood swings
Fixing actual problems, not symptoms

Plus, it makes it so much easier when they ARE ready to begin family planning to simply build off of what they already know.

That's why I love 

body literacy. 

Knowing how our bodies work is an inherent right of every child of God, regardless of their age or stage in life. Body literacy (knowing the "language of our bodies" as designed by God) encompasses so much more than just fertility:

 Answering "is this normal?"

 Tracking energy levels and mood swings

Fixing actual problems, not symptoms

Plus, it makes it so much easier when they ARE ready to begin family planning to simply build off of what they already know.

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why trust me?

Because I'm a mom.

I'm also a devout Catholic, former campus minister, lay Dominican, and fertility and cycle educator with more than a decade of experience.
 
But as a fellow parent, I know how seriously you take your responsibility of teaching your child.
 
That's why my programs for children and teens are parent-centered. My goal is to empower YOU to take the lead in cycle education and fertility for your children.
 
But if you're like most parents, you probably feel a bit lost in how to go about this. What should you say? What should you definitely NOT say? And how do you balance the beauty of the Church's teachings on the body with the "rules" regarding sexuality without going overboard or over their heads?
 
I've got you. My programs are rooted in giving your child AND you the scientific information regarding cycles in an age-appropriate way.
 
Plus, they're authentically Catholic. No "people with uteruses" here: we use correct anatomical and gender terms.
a note to my fellow overwhelmed parents

I know you're bombarded with alllll of the content and alllll of the things out there that are "vital" for raising emotionally-adjusted, healthy, kind kids...but I promise you this is actually one of them.

After all, it's our God-given responsibility as parents to educate our children on how incredible their bodies are...but we know that isn't the message the world is going to give them.

And this responsibility can be really difficult to live out if you didn't get that education yourself.

I haven't unearthed that elusive "raising kids" manual yet, but I can contribute my chapter: age-appropriate courses and resources designed to help you teach your children about cycles, fertility, and puberty - all with your primary role as the parent at the forefront AND the richness of science and Theology of the Body as its base.

Take a deep breath, say a Hail Mary, and then let's get started.

- Christina

Explore Courses & Resources for Parents

Catholic body literacy, fertility, and cycle awareness education by a Catholic mom and fertility & cycle instructor (aka the next best thing to me coming and giving the sex talk for you)

CATHOLIC CONNECTIONS

Just starting the conversation with your kids? This is the place to begin: A free course providing an introduction to Theology of the Body for children. All of the depth at a pint size level.

CYCLE PREP

If you're asking "When should I start talking to my daughter about periods?" start here. Cycle Prep is a first period course to prep your daughter - and you - for her menstrual cycle.

CHARTING FOR GIRLS

Imagine if we didn't wait until a woman was ready to have kids to understand her cycles. Charting for Girls is a teen-friendly version of charting cycles: what's "normal," how to read the language of our cycles, and even using cycles to track energy and mood swings.

ANATOMY, REPRODUCTION, & FERTILITY

"The talk," but make it Catholic and done in the privacy of your own home. Rooted in the richness of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body and science, we'll unpack the gift of our fertility through the lens of our Catholic faith - sans the awkwardness.

Theology of the Body for kids

The four CATHOLIC things your elementary schooler needs to know about their body

Body literacy as told by Bible stories - free videos to use at home, in your classroom, and anywhere Catholic kids are!

CLAIM YOUR FREE COURSE

Theology of the Body for kids

The four CATHOLIC things your elementary schooler needs to know about their body

Body literacy as told by Bible stories - free videos to use at home, in your classroom, and anywhere Catholic kids are!

CLAIM YOUR FREE COURSE