After first talking to my daughter a few months ago about preparing for her first period, we’ve learned a lot. We’ve packed a little beauty kit for her backpack with fun little goodies like lip gloss and hair ties along with a couple of just-in-case pantiliners. We’ve talked about what she should do if I’m not around when she gets her first period. She even has a private password that only we know so she can call and let me know what’s going on without anyone else knowing.
I’m happy that we’ve had these chances to talk frankly and openly about what happens to girls as they grow up. I feel privileged to share these experiences with my girls and will do everything I can to make it an OK experience for them.
Along with first periods, there are other body changes that will be happening too, and I don’t want to forget those. Some of the other topics we’ve started talking about are:
Hygiene – I’ve been reminding my daughter that it’s important to keep clean with routine showers/baths, to wear deodorant, and to keep pads and pantiliners available to avoid accidents and for changing them regularly during her period.
Symptoms – There are lots of other discomforts that sometimes accompany periods, including cramps, headaches, mood swings, exhaustion and even food cravings. I had horrible cramps as a teen and don’t want my daughter to be surprised if she has them too. I’ve let her know that some of these symptoms happen with periods, but that we’ll figure out how to lessen them if or when that time comes.
Being Prepared – A great way to always be prepared is to keep a calendar. If my daughter keeps a calendar to track her periods, she’ll always be prepared for the next period, whether she’s at home, school or even at someone else’s house. There’s a great, easy-to-use period calendar online at Kotex.
I wish I’d had a calendar like that when I was a teen to help me always be ready!
If you’d like more information on talking to your daughter about these topics, visit www.kotex.com/tween. It’s got lots of great information and resources to make her first period a better experience for both mom and daughter.
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.