First of all you need to know that I am a bit of a sissy when it comes to all things health and body related. I tend to shy away from doing the icky stuff, always looking for the easiest solution, even if there are potential costs and risks. I had unfound fears about menstruation, awkwardness about talking with my kids about health subjects, and all sorts of other issues.
That is how I have been for my entire life, skirting the issues when I can.
But as my girls are approaching “tweenhood” I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with the way I am dealing with these subjects. The awkward conversations just aren’t good enough. I need to do better.
Ever since I had children part of my purpose in life was to create something better for THEM. To live a better life for them, move to a better community for them, have more free family time, for THEM. I have been looking for better ways to improve everything that I touch that will one day become theirs. I work on my own health, so I am here longer to enjoy life with them. They have become an underlying purpose to many of the things I do.
And I have done well. We are an uber recycling family, doing our part. We compost EVERYTHING, grow our own food, and live a pretty much idyllic life on a hobby homestead on a west coast island. We have heat, and healthy food, and happy days together.
But it really is just a start. As they age, more and more decisions are coming to light that we need to help them make. Decisions about their bodies, their finances, and their relationships. I am a true believer that we need to demonstrate healthy choices to our children in order for them to learn and believe in the option. For example, if we spend our days at a job we hate, or in a relationship that is unhealthy, we can hardly expect our kids to do any different.
So, this had a lot to do with our decisions in the past; wanting to DEMONSTRATE to our kids how to be happy.
They say families who (fill in the blank) together, stay together right? Be it exercise, or nutrition, or healthy habits… we need to not just say it, but do it too.
And with two girls quickly approaching puberty, a whole other can of worms has just been opened. For 30 years I have been using the same products, and as much as I have changed and evolved over time, they don’t seem to have done the same. A tampon is still a tampon, and a sanitary pad… well, it is still what it always was.
So, I am suddenly in this position where I am starting to talk about these things with my girls, and I want to teach them the BEST way, right from the start.
As uncomfortable as it makes me feel.
As nervous as I am about it.
And as squeamish as it makes me.
My personal relationship with my monthly cycle has always been negative. It is a burden I bear, or at least it feels that way. I want my girls to have a more positive experience when they start this “journey” as a woman. I don’t want to teach them a negative approach before they even have a chance to experience it for themselves.
So, over the next few months I will be facing MY fears about menstruation, with thanks to The DivaCup, and I am going to share the journey with YOU in the hopes that we can overcome some of the squeamishness TOGETHER.
Learn more about WHY I am doing this on the video below, and how I am tackling my fears about menstruation and then enter to WIN a DivaCup prize back (open to Can and USA, over 18) consisting of The DivaCup (the winners desired model size) and a DivaWash, to help you get started on your personal journey of health.
And come back soon. Not only will I share a review of The DivaCup product, but also my personal experiences as I test it out. I am nervous, scared, and pretty uncomfortable with this whole thing… but I also know I am running out of time to try it, to combat my fears about menstruation and learn to appreciate it so I can share that feeling with my daughters.
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