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Why I Love the "Normal Barbie" Who Gets Her Period

The Lammily doll made waves in the toy world in 2014 by not only daring to have more realistic body proportions, but also offering the option of additional sticker kits that allowed children to adorn her with acne, stretch marks, and cellulite. Lammily's creator, Nikolay Lamm, has now pushed the envelope even further by creating the "Period Party" accessory pack.

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The new accessory pack includes an educational pamphlet, new panties for Lammily, pad and liner stickers, and a calendar with sticker dots. While some people are appalled at the idea of a menstruating doll, I think it's a brilliant idea and a great way to start a conversation with your daughter about the amazing things her body can do.

If I ask you about the day you started your first period, you will very likely relate to me the extreme emotion you felt on that day. Maybe you were excited. Maybe you were scared. Many of us feel confused and embarrassed. At such a delicate and emotional time in our young lives, we discover that we are women, and often when we are alone in the bathroom. It would be nice if we were afforded a more dignified coming-of-age experience, but instead it arrives in the form of, well, a mess.

But menstruation is somewhat of a taboo topic in our culture, so it's uncomfortable for parents to sit down with their children to explain reproductive health.

I recently read the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility," and it's shocking to me how little I understood my body and what it can do before reading this book. The monthly cycle doesn't have to be scary or gross, or even something we dread. It doesn't have to be mysterious. It shouldn't be a secret. But menstruation is somewhat of a taboo topic in our culture, so it's uncomfortable for parents to sit down with their children to explain reproductive health.

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Uncomfortable or not, our daughters deserve to understand what it is that they are experiencing. Shoot, our sons deserve to understand what our daughters are experiencing… but I suppose that's a different blog post for a different day.

Bottom line, Lammily offers us a golden opportunity to educate our daughters and take so much of the negative stigma out of menstruation. She offers us the ability to make a girl's period seem like the fascinating and meaningful time that it really is. And if the idea grosses you out, I have to wonder what attitude you are passing along to your child. I know you wouldn't want her to be grossed out on the day that she becomes a woman, do you?

Photograph by: Lammily

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