Yep I am proud to be a Kotex Mom; an Ambassador for U by Kotex for tweens. In the next few months I will be sharing my experiences in talking with my daughter’s about their periods and what we are learning along the way, with the help of U by Kotex Tween.
I have five girls and need to be prepared; a girl’s first period is a momentous occasion but it can also be scary. Do you have girls and are not sure what to say or where to start? U by Kotex Tween has a great reference site (http://www.ubykotex.com/helloperiod) to prepare us for the talk with our daughters with tools like a calendar with facts about puberty, questions our daughters might ask, ways to start the conversation and more.
When my oldest daughter was young I tried very hard to establish an open line of communication with her. My biggest concern was the right way to approach it, I wanted her to feel comfortable and I didn’t want to freak her out. I had planned on speaking with her about her period around age 10, one year before I started. Two things forced my hand sooner then planned; a friend started at age 9 and the school started it’s SHARE program. So we sat down and had “The Talk”. I didn’t embellish or make it cute with metaphors, I just gave her the facts and said if she ever had any questions or didn’t understand what was discussed in “SHARE” that we should talk about it. I know with kids I couldn’t just leave it at that and hope she would come to me when she felt like it. So at different times I would ask her questions about what was discussed in class, show her how to count days on the calendar and we looked at products and how to use them. When my daughter did start, she was pretty calm about it. One thing I did forget to discuss was the flow… what her flow might be like, what it would look like and how heavy or light it could be.
If your not sure where to start visit the U by Kotex Tween site, they are very informative and even has step by step instructions on how to begin and have your “Talk”. You can also see Aimee Teegarden in her “Gets Real” Video by U by Kotex Tween & Nickelodeon ParentsConnect. She talks about her experiences and how her Mom talked to her about her first period.
We’ll talk more in the coming months.
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.