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learn about the menstrual cycle yourself, so you can best support your child to embrace her changing body too.

We are writing blog posts to support you to deepen your own knowledge of menstrual cycle awareness, rites of passage, what to expect, and much more, so you can learn for yourself and in turn support your daughter to be cycle-literate. 

Including topics on what a normal period is, what you need to know about discharge, choosing period products, charting your cycle, and when your daughter should attend a first moon circle, there is plenty to discover. 

Keep checking back as we add more and more to this page!

Empowering Parents: Preparing and Celebrating Puberty and Periods with your Child
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Charlotte Pointeaux

Empowering Parents: Preparing and Celebrating Puberty and Periods with your Child

When you’re becoming conscious of your menstrual cycle, and how much it influences you, and how much healing there is possible when we reclaim our cycle, it’s entirely normal to want a better experience for your child when they start their periods. ​You don’t want her to have to wait until she’s this age to figure it all out piece by piece, and you hope she doesn’t feel disconnected, distrusting or even disgusted by her body and cycle. But since you weren’t given much support or empowering information when you had your menarche (first period), you’re at a loss at to how to really talk to your child in advance, so she is supported, prepared and confident in advance, and never has to struggle or suffer alone. So to support you to have conversations with your child at any age, I’ve written this blog post here with age-appropriate tips for her, and for you as a parent. You’ll find support, tips and advice for young children, tweens and pre-pubescent children, through to pubescent children and teens. I hope this helps you turn what’s been traditionally uncomfortable conversations into beautiful moments of bonding, and learning and healing for yourself as well as your child. 

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Period Power- why you should care about your period
period education
Charlotte Pointeaux

period power: why you should care about your period​

period power: why you should care about your period​ – wild flow podcast with Charlotte Pointeaux. This week on Wild Flow Podcast…

Understanding exactly what is going on within our bodies as cyclical beings is incredibly profound – in fact it’s life altering, and potentially culturally transformational. When the majority of girls grow up feeling very disconnected from their bodies and reject their menstrual cycles, as they are overwhelmed by cultural and familial menstrual shame, the effects of this play out in a multitude of ways across all realms of our lives. So by learning what your period is, and what your menstrual cycle is as a whole, and intentionally supporting and seeking support during our rites of passages is a sacred reclamation.

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why you should track your menstrual cycle and how to do it
period education
Charlotte Pointeaux

Why You Should Track Your Menstrual Cycle And How To Do It

Did you know that on average, Australian females experience between 450-500 periods in her lifetime, with the average cycle spanning between 21-35 days, and the average bleed lasting between 2-7 days?

Once we begin menstruating (at menarche – pronounced “men-ar-kee”) which occurs anywhere these days between roughly the ages of 8-15, and commonly around ages 12-13, we begin our monthly bleed (menstrual cycle) until we reach menopause which occurs approximately at the age of 50 (although again, this can occur much earlier or later as it is do individual).

After menarche our periods will be irregular for most of our teen years until the rhythm is established and our hormones settle into their natural, beautiful cycle. You might notice that some months you bleed for longer, or more heavily than other times, or that your cycle isn’t the same length each time. This is all ok – everyone’s cycle is different.

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period education
Charlotte Pointeaux

What age is best for girls to attend a First Moon Circle?

Did you know that on average, Australian females experience between 450-500 periods in her lifetime, with the average cycle spanning between 21-35 days, and the average bleed lasting between 2-7 days?

Once we begin menstruating (at menarche – pronounced “men-ar-kee”) which occurs anywhere these days between roughly the ages of 8-15, and commonly around ages 12-13, we begin our monthly bleed (menstrual cycle) until we reach menopause which occurs approximately at the age of 50 (although again, this can occur much earlier or later as it is do individual).

After menarche our periods will be irregular for most of our teen years until the rhythm is established and our hormones settle into their natural, beautiful cycle. You might notice that some months you bleed for longer, or more heavily than other times, or that your cycle isn’t the same length each time. This is all ok – everyone’s cycle is different.

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How to get children excited about periods
period education
Charlotte Pointeaux

How To Get Children Excited About Periods

Beth Moxon’s favourite topic is, you guessed it, PERIODS, which I am totally here for! Beth channels her inner fire to ensure that menstrual shame is a thing of the past. She is a powerhouse who is educating her own community through holding First Moon Circles, and is starting big conversations on TikTok where a huge proportion of children now receive their menstrual education.

Beth Moxon is a cyclical living guide in East Sussex, England, a qualified and highly experienced secondary school teacher who now trains teachers. She is a certified Cycle Coach and First Moon Circle facilitator and has extensive experience holding space for young people and adults. She is highly skilled and knowledgeable in all things menstruality related and loves to share her passion and knowledge by running local First Moon Circles. She has two little daughters who keep her busy during the times when she’s not thinking about periods!

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period education
Charlotte Pointeaux

Five Things You Need to Know About Your Cervical Fluid

Yep we’re talking about your cervical fluid – a major sign of menstrual health and ovulation. The muscular ring of muscle that acts as a gate between your vagina and womb is called your cervix. It releases fluid that changes across your cycle depending on your hormones. Cervical fluid has the power to besperm-friendly at ovulation to support your fertility, or act as a natural barrier to sperm during the remainder of your cycle. The pattern of changing fluid is quite predictable and is a powerful thing to track. why is it important to understand? Know thy fluid and you know thyself. Getting familiar with the pattern of changes gives you all kinds of insights into what’s going on under the hood, so you have these five powers…​

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The Cyclic Nature of ADHD in Girls and Women
period education
Charlotte Pointeaux

The Cyclic Nature of ADHD in Girls and Women

ADHD is becoming more and more understood as a neurodivergence, however what is still not being widely recognised is the link between what ADHD looks and feels like for women and girls, because of their hormonal cycle. Today’s guest Adele Wimsett is a Women’s Health Practitioner & Cyclical Living Expert. With a background of working with children with complex needs and diagnosed ADHD herself, she is keen to raises awareness about how females are affected by ADHD.

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How to have the best period ever
period education
Charlotte Pointeaux

How To Have Your Best Period Ever

Its day one of your bleed: what do you do? A) feel irritated, because it’s an inconvenience but you’re gonna push on ahead just as you had planned anyway because you’ve got a big day ahead and time waits for no man.

B) think hmmm right, so life can’t stop just because I’m bleeding – but how on earth am I going to get through this period with all the things going on???

Or

C) Most plans go on hold, because as a sovereign woman who honours her bleeding time its important to you. You know that you’ll feel infinitely better long term if you give yourself a chance to rest, restore and replenish at the start of a new cycle.

Whatever you answered, I really invite you to think, what would your absolute best Cycle Day 1-2 look like to you?

If you were fully supported and prepared, how would you most love to experience your period? What would you do, where would you be, and who with, if anyone?

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What is menstrual cycle awareness (MCA)?
period education
Charlotte Pointeaux

What Is Menstrual cycle awareness?

Menstrual Cycle Awareness (MCA) is the spiritual practice of consciously having a period, and a whole menstrual cycle beyond just that.

It’s the daily noticing, the observing, of how you experience your cycle, that brings you deep knowing, greater trust in your body, and incredible opportunities for healing.

And once you notice the patterns that emerge across each day, week, month of your menstrual cycle, you unlock the riches within.

Understanding what your own unique experience of your own unique cycle looks and feels like sets you up with the most exquisite of self-care tools possible.

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period education
Charlotte Pointeaux

how to confidently teach children positive menstrual education

At first moon circle school we train people to confidently share holistic period and puberty education in a positive, empowering and special events called a first moon circle. Hi I’m Charlotte Pointeaux, the Founder of First Moon Circle School which trains women to confidently share holistic period and puberty education in a positive, empowering and special event called a first moon circle.

I’ve been hosting workshops and circles for young people for over a decade, and in 2019, I brought all my passions for menstrual cycle awareness, and giving back to children the kind of guidance I craved as a young person, I used my education program design and facilitation skills, and added into the cauldron my experience and capacity as an internationally award winning menstrual cycle coach and circle keeper, to create First Moon Circles events for 9-12 year olds.

I’m so excited to share with you my approach to being able to confidently create nurturing, powerful experiences that help lots of children really understand how their body, feelings and sense of selves is changing during pubescence, in an age-appropriate, supportive and inclusive way.

in this 3 part mini series i’m answering the most commonly asked questions i get from women who want to share with children what they missed out on, by doing menstrual cycle education. i’ll be giving you tips and best practice to get out there and join the period positive movement yourself!

Check back here over the next few days as I’ll have new videos every two days from now until March 1st. Be sure to leave your comments, questions and reflections, so I know you’ve watched, and so I can get back to you!

With love

Charlotte Pointeaux

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Coming of age wisdom for mothers and daughters
period education
Charlotte Pointeaux

Coming of Age Wisdom for Mothers and Daughters with Arahni Lion and Jo Rockendorfer

imagine a world where mothers were given sacred space to welcome their daughters intentionally into their coming of age rite of passage. and where girls were welcomed into circle with other mothers and daughters to find deep wisdom, loving support and a chance to experience true sisterhood all before their 13th birthday. there is a place on earth: it’s called the seeding wisdom journey held annually in the illawarra (nsw) by wise women arahni lion and jo rockendorfer. If you’ve ever wished you were more supported, more seen and heard, more understood and respected in your own maiden years, this is a truly special way of healing that part of you, and to give your child the best start to a conscious, empowered, embodied and connected womanhood. I know that when my daughters are of age, we will be taking the journey together, one by one.

Arahni and Jo share the story of why and how they created this potent experience, what happens within the journey, and why this kind of initiatory journey is needed now, more than ever.

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