The guide, period. By Naama Bloom (HelloFlo)

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Book Review:  A  book for tweens and teens about puberty and periods.

Book Review

The guide, period. by Naama Bloom who created HelloFlo, is a popular book about puberty and periods for girls but manages to avoid the sexual parts of growing up.

This book for girls focuses on periods but does talk about the other part of puberty as well (but not masturbation, sexual feelings and sexual intercourse). It has a very modern layout, with interesting facts and trivia, which makes it very popular with girls.

The book is interesting but as a parent and a sex educator, I don't like books that make fun of periods and that perpetuate the myth the periods are only a negative experience. You could turn the negativity of the book into a teachable moment though, and chat about attitudes and beliefs about periods. Feedback from girls though, is that they enjoyed the book.

Sexual intercourse is NOT talked about in this book.

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Ideal ages

The guide, period. By Naama Bloom (HelloFlo) is ideal for children between the ages of 10 years of age and older.

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Video book review

Transcription of the video

Hey, today we are talking about the Helloflo book called The Guide, Period by a woman named Naama Bloom; the founder of Helloflo.

So, Helloflo is a company that started their own menstrual-mailing business. Now, they do have a rather large blog with plenty of information about growing up, women’s stuff, puberty, periods, and all those things.

This edition of the book came out in October 2017. This means that, at the time of this article, it is a recent book.

Looking inside of this book, we can see it is well designed. It has bright colors, plenty of imagery, and is very eye catching. This is good for anyone interested in books for younger children

What does it cover? Continuing from the previous topic, this book is very child friendly. It does not cover sex, masturbation, sexual feelings, or anything that parents may find hard to talk about. Instead, it is a guide about puberty; what puberty is, what periods are, and plenty more.

It talks about becoming an adult. There is lots of information on breasts, pubic hair, periods, and how to manage periods.

One thing I do not like about this book is some of the negativity around puberty. For example, when talking about managing periods Bloom says it is,
“Managing the mess,” or the time when you have your period is called,
“Shark Week.”

I do not like these names since they have negative connotations behind them. Sure, managing periods can be about “Managing the mess,” but I find that to be a very negative way of explaining it.

Look, you can be funny about periods and puberty. But, if doing so means you describe the vagina or vulva as being a disgusting orifice that constantly leaks stuff, I do not believe it is appropriate.

To me, that is giving young girls the message that puberty and periods are something to be feared. That, becoming an adult is not something to be excited about, but rather anxious. In the very least, I do not believe we should shove these expectations onto young children.

Instead, we should give them information. Support them and try to turn puberty into a positive experience for them. It can be, too. Puberty is not terrible for everyone; it can be fun.

Bloom does talk about how she does not want any of her childhood experiences happening to other children. So, she does go to a lot of experts for the information in this book, meaning it is very factual. Despite the negative connotations, it is a fun book.

One page has information about different pubic hair patterns, some have drawings, and others have graphs. Though, I cannot lie, some of the graphs can be hard to interpret. Even though I have a high degree in these topics, I was not sure what to make of some them. My twelve-year-old daughter certainly did not, either.

Anyway, The Guide, Period is a more recent book about periods on the market. Though, there are plenty of others to choose from. I will let you make your own decision; however, I am not too fond of this book. While it is fun, it has many negative connotations about what puberty and periods. These ideas are often pushed onto the children reading this book.

I prefer a more factual book that can give my daughter a positive outlook on what puberty will be like. Anyway, have a look at this book and see what you think. Cheers.  

Resources

My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.

Which means that inside this website, you'll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about love, sex, relationships and growing up.

My Sex Education 101 page includes all of the information on sex education. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics.

My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with talking to your child about growing up.

You'll find videos about sex ed in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about sex education yourself.

You’ll also find an extensive range of sex education books for children, for kids of all ages. There's even some books in there for parents! 

If you're looking for some ideas on how to talk to your child about bodies, How to Talk to Kids About Bodies, will help you to start naming the private body parts and to have shame-free conversations with them about bodies. It is filled with lots of different ideas on how to have natural converasations with your child about their body. 

You'll also find some child friendly anatomically-correct cartoon illustrations of the genitals and internal reproductive organs that are appropriate for children from the age of 3 and up. Let's Look at Different Body Parts is a printable that will help take the awkward out of talking to your child about their body, so they grow up feeling educated, confident, and comfortable in their own skin.

If you're worried that talking to your child about bodies might lead to questions about sex, then you can relax. How to Talk to Kids About Sex, will help you to explain sexual intercourse to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks sex down into simple steps that  take the stress out of explaining!

If you want a printed book to hold in your hands, then the  The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid's ask parents about sex. Which means you don't need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands. 

If you want the answers to questions about a lot more than just sex, then Sex Ed Quickies is your best option. It has answers to 300+ questions  that kids commonly ask parents,  including how babies are made, sexual intercourse, body parts, puberty, relationships, pregnancy, birth, masturbation, sexual diversity, gender, pornography, STIs, contraception and much more.

About the Author Cath Hakanson

I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.

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