Last weekend I took my daughter shopping for her first bra. It was an exciting moment for her and a slightly sad one for me. We had a lot of fun but I had to admit that my baby girl is growing up! I have tried hard over the last couple of years to make sure she is prepared for the ways her body is changing and have always told both of my kids that they can ask me anything at all and I will answer as honestly as I can. My mom and I didn’t have a very open line of communication when I was her age. I got my period at 12 and my mom had never even once mentioned it. I seriously thought I was dieing! I don’t ever want my children to feel uncomfortable about their bodies or feel embarrassed to ask me questions!
Are you prepared for your daughter’s first period? You need to make sure that YOU have all the information you need before she starts asking questions. Part of my talk with my daughter explained all about pads and tampons. We even did a ‘tampon dissection’ where she took the whole thing apart and examined it so she could understand how it works. If your daughter starts asking you questions that you aren’t sure you know the answers to, Kotex has a great website called Hello Period that will help prepare both of you for her first period.
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The Aimee Teegarden Gets Real Video by Kotex & Nickelodeon ParentsConnect launched this month. In it, Aimee discusses her own experiences with getting her period and give some really great advice for tackling this tough discussion with your own daughter. The Kotex site has a ton of great information to help prepare you for your talk with your daughter. There is information on physical and emotional changes that she will go through, as well as hygiene discussions and calenders. I love that there is an area where girls can ask questions themselves and the information is all presented in a way that she can easily understand.
A girl’s first period can be really exciting or really terrifying, depending on how prepared she is. Over the coming months I will be sharing some information with you from Kotex to help make ‘the talk’ a little easier for you and your daughter!
Disclaimer: 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.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.