There's a lot of ground to cover when talking to your daughter about puberty and, more specifically, getting her period. Some of it is technical and biological – what it is, why it happens and how; some of it is heartfelt and reassuring – 'you are normal' and 'you can always come and talk to me'; and some of it is just important practical information. Keeping track of your period by charting it on a calendar is the 'sensible practice' type of info that will help your daughter in the short and long run.
Here's a quick factsheet aimed at helping you explain the 'hows' and 'whys' of charting your cycle. Below you'll find useful topics and practical information which you can use as a loose 'script' or just as a conversation starter. Click here for even more information on charting your cycle and for a menstrual cycle calendar.