Fatherhood Advice: Dads and Tampons

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How To Be a Better Dad is the Fatherhood and co-parenting section on SingleDad. This month, learn about a newly divorced dad and his 12-year old daughter who has started her period. Dads and Tampons topic of discussion on SingleDad.com

How To Be a Better Dad:
Dads and Tampons

How To Be a Better Dad is the Fatherhood and co-parenting
section on SingleDad. This month, learn about a newly divorced dad and his
12-year old daughter who has started her period. Dads and Tampons topic of
discussion on SingleDad.com

Fathers, Daughters
and Periods: The New Fatherhood

My name is Darryl and I am a 45-year old Divorced Dad living
in San Diego. I have been divorced for over a year and I have two kids, ages 8
and 12. I have joint custody and my life over the past year has been about as
normal as it can be. Just recently, my 12-year old daughter started her period.
I was caught off guard when my daughter asked me to go to the store for her and
get tampons.

I am sure that I am not alone when it comes to this question
as a Dad, so how do I shop for tampons and feminine products for my daughter?

puberty

Dads and Tampons

Great question Darryl,

This is a common question asked by many members of SingleDad
and I am happy to walk you through the process of buying tampons and other
feminine products for your daughter. Now, in general, most girls begin their
menstrual cycle between the ages of 12- 14 years old, (plus or minus a year).
There are too many variables to explain why this cycle doesn’t hit every young
woman at the same time, but for the sake of this article; your daughter is
right on track with her biological growth.

The Tampon Shopping
List

As a Father of two daughters, I have gone through this stage
twice in my Single Parent life and made my share of discoveries when it comes
to buying the right product to fit your daughter’s needs. If I were to list the
following features, you wouldn’t think I was describing feminine hygiene:

  • Wings vs. No wings
  • Pad vs. Tampon
  • Heavy, Medium, or Light?
  • Cardboard or Plastic
  • Applicator or Not?

In general, I would recommend a "pad" for your daughter.
These pads come in a variety pack to accommodate your daughter’s cycle. This
means when she has sensed that she has started her period; there are pads in
the variety pack that accommodate the discharge of blood flow, (Heavy medium
and light). These pads have
adhesive strips that stick to your daughter’s underwear so they can stay close
to absorb the blood during the day. Don’t panic or worry your daughter if her
period stains her underwear; let her know that you can always buy new ones and
ask her to let you know so you can throw them away. From start to finish, your
daughter’s period may take up to 5- 6 days.

Fathers, Daughters
and Periods: The New Fatherhood

10 to15 years ago, fathers and periods were never a part of
the parenting equation. For
various reasons, it’s great to see more Dad’s taking a committed role in the
stages of our children’s growth. This is a normal stage of your daughter’s life
Darryl; look at it as an opportunity to bring you closer as a parent, a father
who loves and respects his daughter in making her feel comfortable talking to
you about an important stage n her life.

I hope my fatherhood advice helps. Keep me posted.

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Richard JaramilloRichard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”

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Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com, a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children. RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents “Make Life Happen…Again!”