Americans love to throw a party and a lot of these traditional celebrations, like baby showers, have started to cross the pond and become a regular feature here in the Emerald Isle.

Amongst these the States have started a new trend in parties. but we’re not sure if it will be such a hit this side of the Atlantic.

What is it? Period parties.

What are they? A party solely dedicated to celebrating the fact that your daughter got her first period.

I don’t know about you but I would have been absolutely mortified if my mum had invited all my family and friends to celebrate my newly found womanhood.

I guess I should be glad for the Catholic prudishness I cursed as a teen.

I couldn’t even mention the words ‘sanitary pads’, ‘cramps’ or the phrase ‘ time of the month’ if there was a male family member around, you know in case they imploded or something.

While I think that extreme is ridiculous and I do not hide the fact that I am a woman with normal bodily functions anymore, teen me was quite happy not to have any attention when it came to what my body was up to.

While a woman should never be embarrassed about her period or anything to do with her body for that matter, lets face it, the teen years are hard enough without the young fella next door making jokes about being invited to your ‘pants party’.

To be fair, like with most things in life, there are pros and cons to period parties and while I think having a super sweet 16th for your menstrual cycle is a tad much, a mother sharing in an important part of her daughter’s development is a great idea.

When your daughter is reaching the age that she will probably be visiting cramp town any day now, put together a handy packet of sanitary products, chocolate, painkillers, a hot water bottle and a few other little pick me ups to get her through her first period without feeling alone in it.

Young women being educated on their bodies and women’s health is extremely important and I would encourage any mother to see her daughter through this time helpfully and with great understanding, hey we’ve all been there.

Just maybe forgo the party poppers and invest in a lot chocolate fudge cake and a chick flick instead.

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