This workshop is for moms and young girls who already know about menstruation. We'll discuss conventional products and why cloth is better for your health and the environment. We'll explore the anatomy of a pad (topper, core, backer, gusset, etc.), the different fabrics that are used and which work best for different situations, shapes, lengths, absorbencies, the care for pads including wet and dry storage and wet bags (to use when you are away from home). We'll also discuss other safe alternatives such as cups, sea sponges, crocheted tampons, etc. We'll talk about where to buy, the expense, and how to make your own patterns and sew your own pads. We'll discuss the FDA regulations that make it difficult for makers to sell here in the US, where you can buy them, and why you should support small businesses run by WAHMs (work at home moms) when you can.
"What if a dad wanted to bring his daughter? Can he attend the class with his daughter?"
Dads are absolutely welcome and I would love to see some there!!
"What if a daughter wanted to attend but the mom or dad couldn't be in the room? Do you feel that the child needs to have a parent in the room? Is there an age requirement where they could be in the room without a parent in there? The parent is still required to stay on-site but if they have other children that they didn't think it would be appropriate for, could the daughter still attend?"
As far as content goes, I'm comfortable with children of all ages attending the class, with or without a parent. However, I do ask, if they are there for the benefit of the class (not as a tag along) that they at least know what menstruation is, even in general terms, as I am not planning on explaining it in class.
"What if mom wanted to attend with daughter but also has a son? Can the son be in the room for the class? Is there an age requirement where they can up to a certain age or past a certain age?"
My kids have known about menstruation and they've been handling cloth pads since my son was 3. I think it's just as important for men/boys to know about healthy options as it is for females. This issue impacts our reproductive health as a society and the environment, so I don't see it as a female only issue. Boys or all ages are welcome as well.
Ages: All ages, but students should understand menstruation as we won't cover that in this class. (BOTH ADULTS AND KIDS ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP MUST REGISTER)
Class size: 20 max
Class fee (pay on-site): $1.00 per participant (both kids and adults)
Class supply fee (payable to the instructor): NONE. The instructor will provide info via a PowerPoint presentation that can then be shared via email to those interested in having a copy.
Date: December 4th, 2018
Time: 10:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Registration starts on 11/26/2018 and ends on 12/04/2018.
Please contact Homeschool Learning Co-op (Brandon & Gardenville) office if you have any questions.