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to want to buy my neice a 'welcome to womanhood' present...

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dandycandyjellybean Fri 30-Sep-11 12:45:50 she started her periods yesterday? Any suggestions, if nbu?

ElderberrySyrup Fri 30-Sep-11 12:46:21

The Caitlin Moran 'How to be a woman' book

inshockinshockinshock Fri 30-Sep-11 12:46:36


It just seems wierd to me

Itsjustafleshwound Fri 30-Sep-11 12:48:38


Why don't you just skip the present and be the 'understanding' aunt - far more useful ....

CogitoErgoSometimes Fri 30-Sep-11 12:48:40

YABU. Do you want the poor kid to be totally mortified?

cat64 Fri 30-Sep-11 12:49:14

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shesparkles Fri 30-Sep-11 12:49:29

My dd would have been MORTIFIED!

rubyrubyruby Fri 30-Sep-11 12:49:48

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ThePumpkinKing Fri 30-Sep-11 12:49:53

Sounds a bit 'ick' to me.

Although I must admit I, didn't have the sort of relationship with my aunt or anyone else that would have seen me tell them that my periods had started.

Will you buy your nephew something when he has his first wet dream?

RightUpMyRue Fri 30-Sep-11 12:50:02

Wouldn't it be a bit cringeworthy/embarrassing for her?

A family size bar of galaxy passed subtly to her might be more appreciated.

Crosshair Fri 30-Sep-11 12:50:33

Surely its a private thing.

Bobolbach Fri 30-Sep-11 12:50:59

Never heard of such a thing.
I would have died of embarrassment if my Aunt had done this (or anyone else for that matter).

I think it's an awful idea. Sorry.

GossipWitch Fri 30-Sep-11 12:51:23

buy her a pressie, just don't tell her its a welcome to woman hood one, or take her out for a meal/manicure, just don't embarrass her.

ivykaty44 Fri 30-Sep-11 12:51:34

my dd2 would be sooo mortified and downright miffed that I had told her aunt private stuff

Catsdontcare Fri 30-Sep-11 12:51:53

ick, bit too Judy Blume for me. I mean would you give someone a gift after menopause "thanks for stopping by"

gordyslovesheep Fri 30-Sep-11 12:52:34

like this ...

Well, apart from the fact that auntie strolling up with a Happy Period present will make her die a thousand deaths, how will it work exactly?

Congratulations. You will now suffer terrible cramps every four weeks, feel like ripping people's heads off one week in four, suffer quite a few unexpected period whoops bled all over my white trousers moments. Have a Girls Aloud CD and a whispa.

Bad idea, I think. grin

PandorasSocks Fri 30-Sep-11 12:53:35

Sorry, but I think it's a dreadful idea.

Mortifying, embarrassing and completely unnecessary.

snailoon Fri 30-Sep-11 12:53:47

I would have been mortified at the time, but I think it depends on your neice.
Not all people are so embarrassed by this; I have a Dutch friend who told me that her family had a cake to celebrate when she got her period, and thought I was deeply screwed up to have been embarrassed. She seemed to think the cake was normal.

iklboo Fri 30-Sep-11 12:53:52

My nan phoned my dad at work to tell him 'your daughter has become a woman'. Poor bloke came home with box of Milk Tray for me. Neither of us have been so embarrassed in our lives.

PissesGlitter Fri 30-Sep-11 12:54:19


Maryz Fri 30-Sep-11 12:54:20

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Wormshuffler Fri 30-Sep-11 12:54:41

Well I think its a lovely idea, how about an nice little bag for storing her "monthlies" in. Maybe Cath Kitson or Jack Wills? My DD would have loved that!

kelly2000 Fri 30-Sep-11 12:54:42

Awful idea, especially if she did not tell you herself. Plus she might still feel like a little girl and/or not appreciate aunts hovering round like a 1970's feminist going on about womanhood.

mrsgboring Fri 30-Sep-11 12:54:42

Isn't this a tradition in some African cultures though? Seem to remember reading about it in a novel aimed at teenagers and being completely fascinated with the idea.

No ideas for a present though.

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