Mum Teaches Her Teenage Sons To Always Carry Tampons To Break Period Taboo
A mum in the US has taught her two teenage sons to always carry tampons in case any of their female friends have an 'accident'.
Penning a post on CafeMom, blogger Tara Ahrens explained why she's hoping to break down the stigma and 'gender taboo' around menstruation.
"Most women and girls will tell you that merely talking about having your period in public is still pretty taboo," Tara wrote.
"But as the mom of a 10 and a half-year-old daughter and two teen sons, I'm hoping to change that."
After discussing the idea to sons Micah, 16, and Elijah, 17, Tara said that while the pair were initially reluctant, they both now keep a supply of tampons in their school lockers and backpacks.
The mum-of-three explained how 'traumatising' it can be for a woman to experience a 'bleed-through' or be unprepared.
"Bleed-throughs happen," Tara explained to her sons. "They are mortifying and can be traumatising. Kindness and understanding from ANY friend goes a long way.
"Be that person."
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She added that her sons also carry some sanitary pads in case their female friends don't use tampons.
"Like many public high schools, ours does not offer or sell period products," Tara wrote. "And with the student population being 60 per cent female, you can see how that can present a problem."
It's not the first time Tara has encouraged her sons to break gender taboos. She previously posted pictures of the boys helping her shop at Target for their little sister's first bras.
"My teenage boys helped me shop today, which included buying their little sister's first bras because breasts happen," she wrote on a Facebook page called Pantsuit Nation.
Tara added in her post that she simply hopes to normalise things that were previously undiscussed with the opposite gender.
"As you normalise these things in your own family by regularly discussing them, they become normal to your kids, too," she said.
"It's my hope that kids of all genders, including transgender kids, know that my boys are a safe place to get period supplies, should they ever need them.
"But it is an even bigger hope of mine that these small actions change the way kids in our high school handle and view the whole subject."
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