A couple has revealed that they track their daughters’ menstrual cycles so they can make “period plates” — filled with essentials to get through the time of the month, such as chocolate, medicine and sanitary towels.
Tifany Allen-Ciota, 52, and Michael Ciota, 62, of Houston, Texas, first came up with the idea as a “joke” — but now they’re even going so far as to use apps on their phones to track when their two daughters – Brooke, 30, and Courtney, 18 – are about to begin their cycle.
As the time of the month approaches for their daughters, the parents fill a plate of cold cuts with things like sanitary products, painkillers and treats in an effort to alleviate some of the annoying symptoms associated with getting their periods.
And according to the couple, it is a great success. Not only do the “period signs” help their daughters feel better at that time of the month, but it also helps their father Michael “understand what they are going through.”
A couple has revealed they keep track of their daughters’ menstrual cycles so they can make ‘period boards’ – filled with essentials to get through the time of the month
Tifany, 52, and Michael Ciota, 62, of Texas, go so far as to use apps to track when their two daughters — Brooke, 30, and Courtney, 18 (seen) — start their cycles
As the time of the month approaches for their daughters, the parents fill a charcuterie board with things like sanitary products, pain relievers and treats
“I kept seeing all these new types of boards on TikTok as a butter and pasta board,” said Tifany, an accountant and content creator.
“I thought we needed a period board. I wanted my daughters to come home to a safe environment.
“It started as a joke and I thought maybe they were a little embarrassed, but they loved it.”
Tifany explained that Michael, a financial writer, can feel involved — adding that his involvement has inspired other dads.
“Michael doesn’t know anything about what they’re going through, so it helps him understand and be involved,” she continued.
‘My husband is very talented in the kitchen. He used to put together something fantastic and he’s great at putting together charcuterie plates and now he’s helping me with the period plates.
According to the couple, the “period signs” help relieve their daughters’ symptoms and make them feel better at that time of the month. Tifany is pictured with her daughters
Tifany said it also helped Michael “understand what they’re going through” and inspired him to be more “involved” in his daughter’s life.
Some of the other products they put on the board include heating pads, Pringles, Cheez-Its, Pretzle sticks, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, and Aleve
‘I went to shops with him to explain the different sanitary products and which of our girls prefers what.
“I’ve also had a lot of other dads on social media who wanted to know more.”
Tifany and Michael said they like to mix up the plates every month and adapt them to each of their daughters to include their favorite things.
“One likes pads and the other likes tampons,” she explained. “We set up whatever they want to get them through.
“We want them to know that they are loved and supported.”
Some of the other products they put on the board include ThermaCare heating pads, Pringles, Cheez-Its, Pretzle sticks, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, and Aleve.