It’s hard to enough to admit our children are growing up, but it can be downright embarrassing to talk about the biological changes your daughter will experience as she grows into a woman. Don’t worry, there’s help.

My First Period Kit and DVD was created by pediatrician, Dr. Chrystal de Freitas, to help mothers (and fathers) talk to their tween daughters about menstruation. Dr. de Freitas said in a written statement that the kit provides caregivers with “all the information they need to successfully share the essentials and set a solid foundation for open, healthy discussions throughout these next very formative years.” Her company, Healthy Chats LLC, offers health education information to parents and children on puberty and sexuality. Dr. de Freitas, a pediatrician for over 24 years, leads seminars for girls and their tween daughters all over the San Diego area, where she’s based.

The kit and DVD cost $19.95 and includes a 99-minute video of a Healthy Chats for Girls seminar for a mother and daughter to view together, and a bonus seminar, The Birds and the Bees with Ease, which as you might guess explains conception. You can view free clips from the DVD at My First Period Kit. The kit comes with a parent’s guide, two reference cards covering frequently asked questions on menstruation and intercourse, a butterfly bracelet, and a pad purse for discretely carrying pads in a backpack. A one-year Healthy Chats online/interactive subscription with newsletters and email access to Dr. de Freitas is also included with the kit. For more information or to order a kit, visit www.myfirstperiodkit.com.

Many young girls may be afraid that they’ll get their first period while at school or away at camp or at a sleepover. These are understandable concerns, and that’s why this web site and kit may be of some help for the tongue-tied. “Be prepared” is the motto to follow here. Arm your daughter with a game plan, and a small sanitary napkin that she can carry either in her purse or school bag, just in case. Advise her to excuse herself and head for the bathroom. But if she feels comfortable she can ask to speak to her teacher privately, go to the school nurse (who will have menstruation supplies, as well), or confide in a parent or camp counselor. Reassure her that every woman has walked in her shoes, and understands what she’s going through.

I have two young sons, and believe me, no one is more surprised by this than me; girls run in my family. It’s a little hard to gauge when exactly will be the right time to inform them about menstruation and the unique biology of girls. My seven-year-old already knows about the birds and the bees, but I think this level of detail requires more maturity. I guess I’ll just play it by ear. This kit might help when the time comes.