No shame and plenty of cake: This mom celebrated her daughter's first period loud and proud with a full-on period party.


When my daughter first got her period she was 12, and she didn't want anyone to know. She was one of the first girls in her grade to get it, and she was excited, but also embarrassed about the whole thing.

Not 12-year-old Brooke Lee, who's inaugural menstrual cycle was commemorated in a big way when her mom threw her a "period party."

A what? A period party. And yes, there was a congratulatory chocolate cake decked out in red icing because duh. Brooke's friends and family even showed up to celebrate the teenager's intro to Aunt Flow with boxes of tampons and pads, and then Brooke's cousin Autumn posted pictures of the whole she-bang on social media:

"Brooke started her period today & my family is super extra," she wrote on Twitter.

Pretty funny. The post has so far been retweeted over 7,000 times, with most commenters commending Autumn for being so open and supportive about something that's so natural and normal but for some reason, usually kept on the downlow. Why is that?

I have to admit I love this idea—even though my own kid would have killed me if I'd thrown her a big bash to celebrate the arrival of her crimson wave. Still, shouldn't a girl's first big step into womanhood be honored in some special way, preferably with cake?

Autumn thinks so. "I think that this story teaches girls, and even guys, that periods aren't a horrible or embarrassing thing," she told Mashable. "It's a milestone and [a] big part of a girl's life."

So. Much. Yes.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.