In recent years, there have been many cutbacks within school systems that have completely obliterated sex education and personal awareness classes for girls.
These classes, often approached with rolling eyes and embarrassed giggles from girls, were extremely important, fundamental really – in educating young girls about the ABC’s of puberty – from bras to periods and everything in between. Additionally, there are thousands of girls being home schooled, or taking classes online – which completely removes them from the typical Sex Ed curriculum AND the opportunity to learn about these ‘life lessons’ from inside the bathroom stalls at school.
Sadly, the absence of educational programs means that there are a lot of girls that are left in the dark about puberty. And likely, a lot of parents that don’t realize their daughters are in the dark. One of the worst things that can happen to a young girl is to start menstruation without being prepared, or for her to feel abnormal because her pubescent journey is different from other girls she knows.
With the onset of puberty, occurring earlier than ever, it is a parental responsibility to make sure that the girls in your life are prepared. And ready. And clear on the straight facts about puberty. Misinformation is just as bad as no information.