We all know that periods are completely natural and nothing to be ashamed of—but it's not always easy to remember that when menstruation is new. Between worrying about leaking through your pants, figuring out how to find a pad or tampon in a bind, and dealing with that aches and pains (oh, the pains!) that come with that monthly event...well, it's not an easy time of month, especially for young girls.
That's why one Detroit-based teacher is working to make it a bit more pleasant for her students. Kristin Heavner, a middle school teacher, came up with a genius idea: She created "menstruation packs," which are discreetly packaged kits packed with period essentials. She's encouraging teachers everywhere to do the same.
"I have been doing this for a little bit now," Heavner wrote in a Facebook post featuring an image of one pack. "I use my old ipsy makeup bags and make 'menstruation care packs' for my students who start their periods unexpectedly. In middle school this happens A LOT. I put a few pads in the bag and a couple tampons and panty liners, and I also add a few prewrapped disposable wipes. The students know that they can come ask, and they get a really pretty bag with their needed supplies inside. It's discreet and more fun that being handed a giant pad. I make sure to tell them to take as much as they may need for the whole day. I make a point to ask if they need more to take home."
Um, why wasn't this a thing when we were in middle school?!?!
"Students (and adults!) are sometimes caught by surprise by their periods," Heavner told Parents.com. "I have made pads available to students in the past, but when I saw my old Ipsy bags piling up, I thought they would be great for this use."
Not surprisingly, students have been responding incredibly well to Heavner's thoughtful move. "Students have been grateful when accidents happen to have menstrual products available!" the teacher told us.
How awesome is this? We love that this teacher is looking out for her students and helping them navigate the confusing, stressful world of puberty—it's definitely not an easy time for anyone, and the fact that this teacher is doing something so thoughtful and appropriate is just wonderful.