If you have a tween daughter, you know that the inevitable is going to happen any day now. The majority of girls start their menstrual cycle between the age of 9 and 13.
When my period started, I was scared out of my mind and not at all prepared. It took me a couple of years to finally get a handle on taking care of myself each month.
Girls today have it way better than we did back in the day, though. They have access to lots more information, and right in the palm of their hands.
Also in their favor are the fact that parents are highly evolved. We remember what we went through and are so open and supportive. If I should say so myself! Ha!
We also have to make sure they know how to track their cycles.
I’ve had plenty of mom friends tell me how upset their daughter was when she realized her period would be coming every single month!I stand by the belief that the best way to track a period is with a paper calendar, but our girls live in a different time.
Their whole lives are managed on their phones. It makes sense, then, to teach them how to keep up with their periods through an app.
There’s just one problem. Many period apps are created with grown women in mind.
There’s sex information you might not want your daughter reading until you’ve had a chance to talk to her. And really, some of it might just be over her head.
How can your daughter keep track of her period?
Periods are going to happen. Teach your daughter how to track her menstrual cycle with a suggestion from this list of best period apps for girls.
Where do you start with figuring out which period app is the best?
You want to make sure any period app you choose is:
- Will actually keep accurate track of your daughter’s menstrual cycle.
There are so many period apps to choose from, it can feel overwhelming.
Don’t worry, though. I have you covered. I put together this list of period apps for girls by doing research, and thanks to suggestions from other moms of tween and teen girls.
They all come highly recommended by moms.
What are the best period apps for girls?
The Clue app doesn't just help girls track their period. It also provides education about their bodies. Download here.
Period Tracker by GP Apps
This easy to use app also includes a diary where your daughter can keep up with her moods, too. Period Tracker has free and paid options. Click to download.
Did you know that Fitbit can track your period? How awesome is that? It's a basic tracker, and obviously includes all of the other perks of using Fitbit. Get one here.
In addition to tracking your period, your daughter will also get daily insights with Flo. Download Flo here. *EDIT* I have been made aware that Flo now has a secret chat feature. I would advise against using it now.
Magic Girl is one of the only period tracker apps out there that cater specifically to tweens and teens. Animations and a journal function make this app functional and fun! Get it here.
My calendar is super streamlined and discreet. You can disable the "intimate" options for girls who are abstinent. Download My Calendar.
Other Period Tracking options
One of the most important things you can do for your daughter is to teach her that her period doses not have to rule her life.
We are the bosses of our periods, not the other way around. By keeping track of her menstrual cycle, your girl can make plans and be sure to be prepared in case of emergencies.
If one of these period apps for girls doesn’t work for her, there are other options.
When I was a girl, I would keep track of my period in my daily planner.
Other girls would mark their menstrual cycle in a wall calendar. Whatever works for your daughter is what she should use. The key is to just stay consistent with it.
Non-Digital period tracking optionS
If your daughter would prefer an analog way to track her period, here are some non-digital options that she can choose from.
But of course, if all else fails, you can always go back to the old school tracking on a wall calendar.
My Prickly Days Period Journal – This simple period journal has an adorable cactus theme. It’s a fantastic value at under seven bucks, and is especially good for younger girls.
Period Tracker for Tweens – A straightforward tracker that’s perfect for girls who aren’t looking for frills
Getting Started: A Personal Menstruation Journal for Girls – This frilly journal would be perfect as a first period gift
Girlhood: Printable Period Journal – Not as much a tracker as the other options, but this is a sweet way for your daughter to reflect on how she feels about having her period