"Firstly, I just want to say how fantastic the Celebration Day was this last Sunday; both Charlotte and I really enjoyed it and felt a real sense of sisterhood/womanhood. Charlotte hasn't stopped talking about it! It's so fantastic to have created such openness amongst the girls which no doubt will foster future discussion and mutual support." - Louise

Introduction

Welcome to A Celebration Day for Girls!

As parents, educators, health professionals, and others who care for girls, we are all too aware of the ever-present traps and hazards lurking to undermine tween and teen girls’ confidence, positive body-image, self-esteem and capacity to make healthy choices, and stay connected to the positive role models and supports in their lives. As we collectively strive to do better there are many great and varied initiatives underway, bodies of research undertaken, books and articles being written, movies being made and so on.

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One area that has not much featured in these efforts is an in-depth, multi-faceted approach to girls’ experience of the changes of puberty and menarche (first period). The often embarrassed ‘plumbing approach’ to fertility and reproduction gives scant time and recognition of the importance of menstruation and the menstrual cycle in the lives of girls and women. As it turns out this is a key piece of the puzzle.

Menarche signifies the beginning of a girl’s fertile years and the menstrual cycle is an intrinsic aspect of being a woman for nearly half of her life. For many girls this is a time of embarrassment, anxiety and mixed messages about what it means to be a girl in a maturing female body. Extensive research has shown that for young girls who experience menarche well prepared, with a positive introduction and emotional support, the result is higher self-esteem, fewer negative cycle related symptoms, favourable overall menstrual perception and easier subsequent births.

As such positively presented and fascinating facts, fun activities and spacious conversation around these topics can have a profound and lasting impact on girls, in conjunction with the ongoing support of mothers, families and other carers.

By enabling a healthy and grounded experience of the changes of puberty we deeply nourish girls’ self-esteem, self-awareness and positive body image. In this way we can support a physical and psychological integrity that underpins healthy decision making around relationships, sex and fertility when that time comes, as well as other life choices.

Facilitator Training

If you’re interested in training to become a Celebration Day for Girls Facilitator training dates and details are available for 2015. Contact us for an invitation and application form.

 

 



About the Celebration

A Celebration Day for Girls is a one-day workshop for 10-12 years old girls with their mother or female carer. This carefully crafted workshop was designed by Jane Bennett to support girls and mothers at this special threshold in both their lives, and to provide an affirming, grounded and connected celebration of the journey to womanhood.

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At the Celebration Day girls enjoy lively discussion, fun activities, women’s stories and gentle celebration of the magical threshold of puberty and menarche.

During the Day girls are warmly invited into the time-honoured, nurturing connection and support women have long shared with each other. Many participants report that their mother-daughter relationship is enriched and enlivened as the doors of communication in this key area of female experience and development are opened wide.

The first part of the day is spent with girls on their own (typically 10am – 1pm) and, just before lunch, the mothers/female carers join in for the remainder of the day (and grandmothers who are available and wish to participate), finishing at about 4pm.

For Mothers

Much of the role of provider of information, wisdom and guidance falls, naturally and rewardingly, to mothers and female carers. For this reason we meet on our own (mothers and facilitator) for a two-hour session before the Celebration Day. This is an important preparation for the Day and allows time for adult conversation and storytelling. During this session mothers commonly receive ideas and support for their unfolding mother-daughter relationship as they journey the adolescent years together. Many women also discover rich and intriguing doorways into a new experience of their own cyclic journey.

Where did it begin?

In the year 2000 Jane Bennett was asked by her local school to run a ‘fun, celebratory and holistic’ workshop about puberty and menstruation for their senior primary girls and their mothers, based on her years of work with Natural Fertility Management. This was the first of many Celebration Days for Girls, which has now been attended by several thousand mothers and daughters and continues to enjoy growing popularity.

In 2012 Jane began training experienced facilitators, with a passion for working with women and girls, to run A Celebration Day for Girls in their own right and in their own communities.

A Celebration Day for Girls is now available in the France, UK, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United States as well as Australia.

FAQs

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