Back to School and Prepared – #KotexMom

As a mom of two little girls, I’m looking forward to sharing a lot of important life events with my daughters. I hope to do as well as my mom did on most of those and maybe improve on just a few.  I remember lots of great tween and teen moments growing up, but definitely had a few really embarrassing incidents too. I’m determined to help my daughters avoid awkward and embarrassing moments whenever possible.
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One of the most embarrassing incidents for a lot of tween and teen girls is their first period. My older daughter isn’t quite old enough for her period yet, but with girls developing earlier now, I think it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.  In order to make my daughter comfortable with her period whenever it comes, I’ve already talked to her about what to expect.  I’ve been honest about why it makes some girls embarrassed or uncomfortable, but have also reassured her that it definitely doesn’t need to be that way.
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A great way to help make a first period less awkward is to be prepared.  My daughter now has this cute little cosmetics bag that she keeps in her backpack:
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Makeup Bag for Teen's First Period
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Of course it seems like a typical girl’s make-up bag, but for my daughter it’s more important than that.  Because packed among the lip balm, ponytail holders and bracelets are a couple liners and pads. They’re folded compactly and packaged in funky, bright colors (nothing like what I had as a teen!).  She keeps the bag in her backpack just like a lot of other girls, but is reassured in knowing that when she finally gets her period, she’ll have something to use.
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I’ve mentioned the secret period password here before.  It’s the best idea I’ve read about helping girls get through their first periods, so I want to share it again. My daughter has a secret word that she thought up that will let me know that she got her period.  No one else knows what it means, so if she calls from school or calls me from a sleepover, no one else will need to know what she’s talking about.  She’ll just work the secret password into the conversation and I’ll immediately know what is happening. I can then ask if she’d prefer for me to come get her and no one else will know what we’re talking about.
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It’s pretty surprising to me how much misinformation there is about periods, so I’m happy that I’m able to talk to my daughter so openly about them.  But for moms who want some tips on how to bring the subject up or want to learn more about what to tell their daughters, Kotex has a great page set up to help!  There’s even a page just for tween and teen girls, where they can read about other girls’ experiences and learn facts from myths about periods.  
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It’s great to be able to find tips on talking to my daughters about such an important topic.  I’m doing everything I can to make sure that my daughters are prepared and are comfortable when that time comes.
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Do you have daughters? What are your suggestions on how to make the first period a less-stressful one?

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I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of U by Kotex Tween and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Comments

  1. jamie braun says:

    My 12 year old just got hers last month! we had her 7th grade physical that day & we talked all about her body & periods & stuff. little did I know, she was gonna start hers that same night!

  2. Those bright colors are fun and fashionable, nothing like what I had as a teen! Good on you for making sure your daughters are prepared and confident about their bodies.

  3. I don’t have daughters, but I would be as comforting as possible and explain what a special time it is for her, as my mom did for me. The first period was frightening for me, but thanks to my mom, I was able to handle it without panicking!