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This Girl's Parents Are Getting Tons of Praise for How They Handled Her First Period

Some young women may feel strange about getting their first period, but few of them get a cake to mark the momentous occasion.

A twitter user, @autumn1shea, posted on Jan. 10 photos of her younger sister, Brooke, with an unusual congratulatory message written on a cake from her parents.

Twitter users were quick to praise Brooke's parents for giving her a "Congrats on your period" cake.

Why does this matter?

Self-esteem, body image, and body acceptance, particularly among women, starts at a young age. "The effects of body image on self-esteem can be especially powerful during the teenage years," according to the Center for Young Women's Health. "Although, it’s perfectly normal to have negative thoughts and feelings towards yourself once in a while, finding ways to be positive is the key to building a healthy body image and positive self-esteem."

And body image and acceptance isn't solely about being comfortable with your body at a certain size or shape, but also about being comfortable with how your body works — like not being ashamed when you're a young woman who gets her period for the first time. 

There shouldn't be stigma around periods.

Men can be squeamish about periods, even (or in some cases especially) if it's in relation to their own daughters, as ATTN: writer Laura Donovan explained: "Take this from a girl whose male relative muted tampon commercials all of her life: skirting around the issue further stigmatizes this totally normal biological function."

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One female Reddit user's post that she wrote about her dad handling her first period like a pro exploded in popularity. "[I'm] grateful for my dad who...isn't grossed out by 'women stuff,'" she wrote. Many other Reddit users chimed in with praise, with one male Reddit user responding, "As a father of 2 daughters (3 & 2) I am going to use your father as a role model. Tell him thanks for being awesome from random internet stranger."

Next time, he can write it on a cake.

[H/T SomeECards]