Helping them manage periods
Appreciate this is small beer compared to what many of you are dealing with, but would be grateful for any advice on helping my youngest, an emotionally young 12 year old, get to grips with having periods. I must admit I'd not done as much preparation stuff with her as I should have done, foolishly assuming that her older sister would start first. So I didn't realise at all when she had her first period - she hid her dirty undies, PJs etc. in the bottom of her wardrobe. I've obviously got pads for her, bought a pretty little bag to put a couple in to take to school, shown her how to use them etc. etc., and her eldest sister has also talked to her, but she absolutely refuses to use them, tells me that she doesn't want to talk about it and when I say she's on her period she needs to use the pads will tell me it's stopped. The only small progress is that she is now putting her washing into the basket/washing machine rather than hiding it.
I just don't know how to help - she is in complete denial. (She is quite fixated on being the youngest and not wanting to grow up.) Any ideas? I don't want to make a bigger deal of it than it is, and don't mind buying new undies - but I'd hate to think that other children may realise and tease her.