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That’s why Lil-Lets are working with educational specialists, National Schools Partnership (NSP) to deliver a flexible and in depth educational programme, which will be used in schools across the UK.

Working in conjunction with NSP, and written with the assistance of PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) teachers, Lil-Lets will be launching the ‘becoming a teen’ education programme in 3,000 schools targeting year five and six primary school pupils. Teachers will be provided with lesson plans and activity sheets focusing around the physical and emotional changes pupils will be noticing as part of the curriculum for PSHE and SEAL (Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning).

s part of the NSP activity, Lil-Lets launched www.becomingateen.co.uk, which uses avatar style characters to help explain what happens to a girl’s body when she starts puberty, what a period is, what products are available, the differences between these products, and how to use them correctly. It’s these little things that can make a difference and the website has been designed to inform girls by using interactive tools allowing the user to find out information with the guidance of the characters in a modern and appealing format.

Lil-Lets has also enlisted the help of top TV psychologist, Honey Langmaster-James, to answer a few questions that mums and teenagers regularly put to her and a couple of questions are listed below – if you want to read more then her website is http://www.honeylangcaster-james.com/

Teen and mum specific

1. All my friends have started their period apart from me - should I be worried?

Don’t worry; girls start their periods at different ages. Some are still young girls when their periods start and others may be considerably older than their friends. It can be hard emotionally if you feel you are the last in your group of friends but it can be equally hard to be the first. Providing you are fit and healthy in all other respects there is nothing to worry about if you haven’t started your periods but your friends have. It is often related to other issues rather than your age, like your body weight or even your genes. If your mum started her period early there is a chance you will too. There’s no need to feel embarrassed about the fact that your periods haven’t started yet, we all develop at different rates and some of your friends may have had their own worries. It’s a good idea to find someone you can trust to talk to about your concerns.

2. How do I talk to guys about periods (dads/brothers/boyfriends) without grossing them out?

It’s important that you can talk to the men in your life about your periods and your feelings you are having at that time of the month. However, men don’t need to know all the graphic details and you probably wouldn’t want them to either! Men are not mind readers so it’s important to give them a chance by simply letting them know that you are feeling extra sensitive and in need of some TLC.  This should be enough to let them know that you may need a little more support at this time.

3. How do I talk to my daughter about starting her periods?

Many mums find it easier to talk to their daughters about starting their periods if they have previously been relatively open with their daughters about their own periods. It’s a good idea to mention your own period when your daughter is younger, maybe why you have period pains or are feeling a little emotional. This means that when your daughter approaches an age when she may begin her own periods it won’t come as a shock and she will know that you’re comfortable with it all. If your daughter is older and you’ve never had a conversation about it it’s a good idea to find out what she knows already. You can do this casually by asking, “Have you learned about periods at school yet?” and lead on from there. Most young girls worry about the age they will be when they start and whether they will be first or last in their friendship group. Reassure your daughter that all girls are different and, if you feel comfortable, you can relay your own story of how and when you started your period. Many mothers find this time in their daughter’s lives brings them closer and helps them to understand each other even better. You can find more helpful advice online at www.becomingateen.co.uk




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